We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP
Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

  

by Virginia Woolf

Helena Perry (Aunt Helena)

Character Analysis

Now past age eighty, Clarissa’s Aunt Helena spent summers with the family at Bourton. Peter thought she was dead, but, lo and behold, she shows up at the party. Aunt Helena is a perfect example of the uptight English society lady. Naturally, she’s shocked by Sally Seton’s behavior at Bourton. Peter Walsh often gets stuck talking to her about her favorite subject – orchids and colonial Burma in the 1870s. Her proudest event was when Charles Darwin commented on her "little book on the orchids of Burma" (6.63). Watch out, Martha Stewart!

Advertisement