their walk through the garden, many characters in the story—especially the
older characters—are haunted by memories of the past and of their youth. The
garden setting seems to inspire this tendency to reminisce, and many characters
become immersed in their own interior worlds as they contemplate the past.
Questions About Memory and the Past
Why do you think so many characters in this story think about the past?
What kind of relationship does the story draw between nature
How would you characterize the characters' reflections on
the past? (Are they nostalgic? Romantic? Regretful?)
Chew on This
Flowers and butterflies have a tendency to send Woolf's
characters into dreamy rememberings.
The garden in full bloom makes characters remember their
youth, when they were in their full "bloom" as well.