To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse Part 1, Chapter 9 Summary
- Lily and Mr. Bankes criticize Mr. Ramsay as Lily puts away her brushes.
- Lily is about to criticize Mrs. Ramsay as well when she sees the look of complete adoration that Mr. Bankes, age 60, turns on Mrs. Ramsay.
- Watching Mrs. Ramsay gives Mr. Bankes the same feeling he gets when solving a scientific problem.
- As Lily wipes her brushes, she is cheered by the thought that people can love this way.
- She looks at her picture and nearly has a nervous breakdown because it’s bad!
- Lily recalls Mr. Tansley’s words that women can’t paint or write.
- Lily joins Mr. Bankes in staring at Mrs. Ramsay.
- Lily begins to think about Mrs. Ramsay, considering what comprises Mrs. Ramsay’s unique identity.
- Mr. Bankes stops watching Mrs. Ramsay and looks at Lily’s painting.
- Lily braces herself. Mr. Bankes asks the meaning of the purple triangle.
- Lily says that it’s meant to represent Mrs. Ramsay reading to James.
- They talk briefly about light and dark and composition.
- Lily feels that she has shared something very intimate with Mr. Bankes (and without taking off her clothes, too, wow!).
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