In order to feel a part of something, she goes to the park each week, where she enjoys watching all the people who come to enjoy the band and play on the… Connectedness Miss Brill, during the time she spends in the park, constantly looks for connections between people.
This alienation from reality is in part a defense mechanism to deal with her loneliness, but it also serves as a link to her conscious disengagement from pursuing a real life that involves real interaction with others. Adorned in her precious fur, she thinks herself to be an active, important participant, in the world around her.
The theme is further conveyed through the actions in the story. Overriding all this concrete alienation is the pervasive philosophical conceptualization that Miss Brill is alienated from God or fate or whatever deity or being is supreme in handing out the destinies to puny human beings.
She thinks of herself as an "actress" performing to an audience every Sunday afternoon in the Jardins Publiques. Form this the reader can gather that this story is set in a public park in France. She observes the couples strolling in the sun.
The need for acceptance, and belonging, at any age, is important to human survival. Miss Brill, a short story written by Katherine Mansfield, describes an afternoon in the life of a middle-aged spinster who visits the public park on a weekly basis, leading to her reassessment of her view of the world and the secular reality.
Not that it matters at this stage, of course; whether Miss Brill has consciousness chosen to step back, the fact remains that she has lived out a long repressed existence that succeeded in guiding her conscious choices to suppress that vigor.
Miss Brill also does not acknowledge her body's deterioration. Mansfield either directly or indirectly reflects her own experiences as a liminar caught between two worlds in her short stories.
She acts as if it is a human companion.