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by Virginia Woolf
Peter Walsh Timeline and Summary
Once again, it's a June day in 1923 (in case you hadn't caught that yet). In the morning, Peter shows up at Clarissa’s house unannounced. He has a brief discussion with her and, oops, bursts into tears. When Clarissa's daughter walks in, he quickly leaves, and then mopes around, reflecting on memories of being rejected by Clarissa. Peter walks toward Trafalgar Square, then heads to Regent’s Park and falls asleep on a bench. In the park, he watches a little girl playing with her nurse and observes Septimus and Rezia. As the day goes on, he continues to have memories of Bourton and of Sally Seton. In the evening, he hears the sound of an ambulance as he walks down the street, and he thinks back to walks he took with Clarissa around London. When he arrives at his hotel, he has received a letter from Clarissa. That was quick. He has dinner at his hotel, then leaves for Clarissa’s party. At the party, Peter socializes with Sally, but eagerly awaits an encounter with Clarissa. Finally, at 3:00AM, Clarissa appears in the room, much to Peter’s delight.