| Quote #1
The War was over, except for some one like Mrs Foxcroft at the Embassy last night eating her heart out because that nice boy was killed and now the old Manor House must go to a cousin; or Lady Bexborough who opened a bazaar, they said, with the telegram in her hand, John, her favourite, killed; but it was over; thank Heaven – over. (1.6)
There’s a definite calm over the city now that the war is over, but the impact is still being felt. Mothers are definitely still feeling the loss of their sons, and will for a long time. This (super long) sentence nicely demonstrates the contrast between the calm in the city and the emotional turmoil of its citizens.
| Quote #2
Boys in uniform, carrying guns, marched with their eyes ahead of them, marched, their arms stiff, and on their faces an expression like the letters of a legend written round the base of a statue praising duty, gratitude, fidelity, love of England. (3.5)
Peter admires the soldiers walking down the street. These young men bring up feelings of pride in the British Empire even in cynical Peter.
| Quote #3
He sang. Evans answered from behind the tree. The dead were in Thessaly, Evans sang, among the orchids. There they waited till the War was over, and now the dead, now Evans himself – . (4.48)
Septimus has constant visions that his dead friend is communicating with him. Septimus may not have died in the war, but he still comes away with a deep psychological impact.