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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway


by Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #7

And Millicent Bruton was very proud of her family. But they could wait, they could wait, she said, looking at the picture; meaning that her family, of military men, administrators, admirals, had been men of action, who had done their duty […]. (4.185)

Lady Bruton rides on the reputation of her family. She identifies with the great men of her family's past much more than with the sick wives of men she knows.

Quote #8

But everybody adored her (except perhaps Papa). It was her warmth; her vitality – she would paint, she would write. Old women in the village never to this day forgot to ask after "your friend in the red cloak who seemed so bright." (6.75)

Once people meet Sally, they never forget her. Sally – at least the Sally of the past – really stands out from the type of people Clarissa’s family typically hangs out with. Has this changed now that Sally has become Lady Rosseter?

Quote #9

She and Peter had settled down together. […] They would discuss the past. With the two of them (more even than with Richard) she shared her past; the garden; the trees; old Joseph Breitkopf singing Brahms without any voice; the drawing-room wallpaper; the smell of the mats. (6.76)

Peter and Sally haven’t seen each other since the days of Bourton. To Peter, Sally is one of the only people who understands the depth of his love for Clarissa.

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