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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #4

There was Regent's Park. Yes. As a child he had walked in Regent's Park – odd, he thought, how the thought of childhood keeps coming back to me – the result of seeing Clarissa, perhaps; for women live much more in the past than we do, he thought. (3.18)

Clarissa represents Peter’s past. He can’t stop dwelling on memories of her – and yet he believes that women are way more sentimental than men! Try again, Pete.

Quote #5

It was at Bourton that summer, early in the 'nineties, when he was so passionately in love with Clarissa. (4.12)

The summer at Bourton was a formative experience for Peter. He has never felt passion as great as the love he felt for Clarissa that summer. Do you think he's idealizing things in his memories, or was this actually the case?

Quote #6

Through all ages – when the pavement was grass, when it was swamp, through the age of tusk and mammoth, through the age of silent sunrise, the battered woman – for she wore a skirt – with her right hand exposed, her left clutching at her side, stood singing of love – love which has lasted a million years […]. (4.75)

This homeless woman seems to have been singing the same song for thousands of years. She just can’t forget her lost love – sound familiar?

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