Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #1

"Good-bye, Elsie," she said, and they walked up the street, she holding her parasol erect and walking as if she expected to meet some one round the corner, while for the first time in his life Charles Tansley felt an extraordinary pride; a man digging in a drain stopped digging and looked at her, let his arm fall down and looked at her; for the first time in his life Charles Tansley felt an extraordinary pride; felt the wind and the cyclamen and the violets for he was walking with a beautiful woman. (1.1.28)

In this novel, beauty can be a source of admiration. Despite her age, Mrs. Ramsay is still a head-turner.

Quote #2

Apart from the habit of exaggeration which they had from her, and from the implication (which was true) that she asked too many people to stay, and had to lodge some in the town, she could not bear incivility to her guests, to young men in particular, who were poor as churchmice, "exceptionally able," her husband said, his great admirers, and come there for a holiday. (1.1.7)

A person’s mind or intellectual abilities are also a source of admiration. Even on vacation, Mr. Ramsay likes to have his crowd of admiring students with him.

Quote #3

All these young men parodied her husband, she reflected; he said it would rain; they said it would be a positive tornado. (1.3.3)

Mr. Ramsay’s young students are over-eager to please their professor.

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