The Doll's House

The Doll's House Imagery

Amber Lamp With a White Globe (Visual Imagery)

At the beginning of the story, Mansfield describes in detail the elaborate doll's house at the center of the narrative. Of all the miniature objects in the house, Kezia is drawn to a miniature lamp: "It stood in the middle of the dining-room table, an exquisite little amber lamp with a white globe. It was even filled all ready for lighting, though, of course, you couldn’t light it. But there was something inside that looked like oil and moved when you shook it." Using visual imagery, Mansfield illustrates for the reader the uncanny appearance of the lamp that fills Kezia with wonder.

Smell of Paint (Olfactory Imagery)

When first introducing the doll's house, Mansfield interrupts the children's appreciation of the elaborate doll's house with the aunt's opinion that "the smell of paint was quite enough to make anyone seriously ill." In this example of olfactory imagery, Mansfield creates a contrast between the exquisite appearance of the doll's house with the unpleasant paint fumes emanating from the exterior.