Plot summary[ edit ] Clarissa Dalloway goes around London in the morning, getting ready to host a party that evening. The nice day reminds her of her youth spent in the countryside in Bourton and makes her wonder about her choice of husband; she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh, and she "had not the option" to be with Sally Seton. Peter reintroduces these conflicts by paying a visit that morning.
Dalloway Summary Clarissa Vaughn remembers that she must buy flowers.
She leaves her lover, Sally, cleaning the bathroom and dashes out of the house. As she steps outside, she admires the June morning and feels lucky to be alive. In good health at the age of fifty-two, Clarissa feels practically the same as she felt when she was eighteen and living in Wellfleet with her former lover Richard.
Clarissa is aware that she has a noncritical, romantic point of view, but she knows that if she were to express herself fully, people would perceive her as stupid for being so easy to please.
Despite this awareness of the potential criticisms of others, Clarissa believes her capacity to enjoy things is the deepest part of her soul. As the hostess, she will have to ensure that the guests have a good time and that Richard gets through the evening without getting too tired. After the party, she will lead him uptown to receive the Carrouthers Prize for his poetry.
As Clarissa waits at a stoplight, her neighbor Willie Bass catches sight of her and thinks about how she must have been beautiful at one point but that time has dragged her downwards.
As she walks through the park, Clarissa falls in love with every detail of the city. Clarissa bumps into Walter Hardy. Clarissa imagines what Richard would comment on if he could walk around with her.
Clarissa contemplates buying her daughter, Julia, a pretty dress but realizes that Julia would never wear it. As she looks in the window of a bookstore, she has a memory of a branch tapping against a window. The memory seems to come from a childhood vacation she took with her family to Wisconsin, and she realizes that her memory means more to her than any book that she could find in the store.
Clarissa continues walking down the street and regrets not buying the dress for her daughter. Julia has been changed by her friend Mary Krull, and Clarissa resents Mary for turning Julia against her.
Before entering the flower shop, Clarissa notices that a movie production is filming on the street in front of the shop. As she walks in, she greets the owner, Barbara, and she drinks in the pleasures of the store.Mrs Dalloway (published on 14 May ) is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post–First World War England.
It is one of Woolf's best-known novels. Direct and vivid in her account of Clarissa Dalloways preparations for a party, Virginia Woolf explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a womans life.
Mrs Dalloway (published on 14 May ) is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post–First World War England.
It is one of Woolf's best-known novels. Like most of Virginia Woolf's literary output, I appreciated the film-version of "Mrs. Dalloway" more than I enjoyed it.
There are flashes of blinding beauty in this movie, however, the film's "sum" is . The movie “The Hours” is extremely thought provoking and tells an adapted story about Woolf and Mrs. Dalloway in a very interesting way. It is not a movie that copies the novel Mrs.
Dalloway, but takes it’s themes and pushes the boundaries further to create new ideas that are more updated with its time.
The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Time appears in each section of Mrs Dalloway. Click or tap on any chapter to read its Summary & Analysis.
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