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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

Isolation Quotes

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Quote #4

Horror! horror! she wanted to cry. (She had left her people; they had warned her what would happen.) (1.84)

Rezia struggles with Septimus’ madness. She misses her sisters and Italy, and feels that she doesn’t deserve to suffer as much as she does. She's not only emotionally isolated, but physically isolates as well.

Quote #5

Such are the visions which ceaselessly float up, pace beside, put their faces in front of, the actual thing; often overpowering the solitary traveller and taking away from him the sense of the earth, the wish to return, and giving him for substitute a general peace […]. (4.4)

As he drifts off on the park bench, Peter imagines himself as the "solitary traveler." He has visions, and feels a sense of loneliness and peace at the same time. Are loneliness and peace often found together in Mrs Dalloway?

Quote #6

Yet they were quite alone. But he began to talk aloud, answering people, arguing, laughing, crying, getting very excited and making her write things down. (4.38)

At home, Septimus demands that Rezia record his wild thoughts. He rants and raves but believes he has something vital that he can't keep inside.

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