Study Guide

To the Lighthouse Part 1, Chapter 7

By Virginia Woolf

Part 1, Chapter 7

  • Now we get a really, really long paragraph from James’s point of view about how much he hates his father. This is, after all, "James the Ruthless."
  • Mr. Ramsay comes over and declares that he’s a total failure.
  • Mrs. Ramsay strokes his ego until he finally leaves to watch the kids play cricket.
  • Mrs. Ramsay sort of crumples after her husband leaves, but turns back to the fairy tale she is reading to James.
  • She’s angry because she doesn’t like feeling better than her husband.
  • Augustus Carmichael shuffles by and Mrs. Ramsay asks if he is going indoors.