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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

Repression Quotes

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Quote #4

[…] she felt like a nun who has left the world and feels fold round her the familiar veils and the response to old devotions. (2.2)

Any feelings of carefree sexuality that Clarissa once had as a young woman are now gone. Now that she’s married and has a child, she represses all her sexual desires.

Quote #5

So the room was an attic; the bed narrow; and lying there reading, for she slept badly, she could not dispel a virginity preserved through childbirth which clung to her like a sheet. (2.10)

Clarissa’s most profound moment of erotic expression was with Sally Seton – that one kiss. She feels that she’s a virgin now that she sleeps by herself.

Quote #6

[…] he became engaged one evening when the panic was on him – that he could not feel. (4.89)

Fearing that he was unable to experience emotion, Septimus became engaged at the spur of the moment. The war caused him to become numb, repressing all this feelings, and he hoped that Rezia could restore feeling inside him again.

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