"A Suburban Fairy Tale" by Katherine Mansfield (1888 to 1923-New Zealand) is set in London right after the end of WWI. The citizens of London are enjoying an end to war time rationing. As the story begins Mr and Mrs B (this use of "B" had to have been meant to at least make those who knew a bit about her life think of her parents-Annie and Harold Beauchamp-Mansfield's real name was Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murray) are enjoying the kind of grand breakfast that was not possible during the war years.
Mansfield's description of their son, little B, is marvelous:
Alas! Little B. was not at all the child that such parents had every right to expect. He was no fat little trot, no dumpling, no firm little pudding. He was under-sized for his age, with legs like macaroni, tiny claws, soft, soft hair that felt like mouse fur, and big wide-open eyes.It is interesting to see all of he food references in this description which are meant, I think, to let us see how much food would permeate our mind under the conditions of war rationing. Little B sees a flock of sparrows out side the window that seem to be crying for food. We are also drawn to think of the father seeing his son as a kind of sparrow also. The fairy tale element of the story begins at this point and I do not wish to spoil it. Katherine Mansfield was very into work of Oscar Wilde and I see the influence of his fairy tales in this story.