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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #7

The motor car with its blinds drawn and an air of inscrutable reserve proceeded towards Piccadilly, still gazed at, still ruffling the faces on both sides of the street with the same dark breath of veneration whether for Queen, Prince, or Prime Minister nobody knew. (1.42)

The official car causes a stir with everyone on the street. The very idea of being near royalty makes everyone feel proud.

Quote #8

Sally it was who made her feel, for the first time, how sheltered the life at Bourton was. She knew nothing about sex – nothing about social problems. (2.12)

Sally Seton changes Clarissa’s life by making her aware that there’s more going on than tea parties at Bourton. Before Sally, Clarissa was very sheltered. Do you think she's any different after her relationship with Sally?

Quote #9

[…] he was an adventurer, reckless, he thought, swift, daring, indeed (landed as he was last night from India) a romantic buccaneer, careless of all these damned proprieties, yellow dressing-gowns, pipes, fishing-rods, in the shop windows; and respectability and evening parties and spruce old men wearing white slips beneath their waistcoats. He was a buccaneer. (3.13)

To make himself feel better, Peter likes to think of himself as something of a wild man. Knowing that he’ll never be a member of British high society, Peter defines himself as being against conformity, and so thinks of himself as much more interesting than stiffs like Hugh.

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