Mrs Dalloway Key Quotes

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Clarissa-“She could not dispel a virginity preserved through childbirth” “match burning in a crocus”

“ Do u remember how the blinds use to flap at bourton”

“The curtain with its flight of birds or paradise blew out”

“She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day”

“Most exquisite moment of her whole life.”

“She knew nothing; no language, no history; she scarcely read a book now, except memoirs in bed”

“The obvious thing to say of her was that she cared too much or rank and society” “Holding her life in her arms”...“this is what I’ve made of it “

“By artificial light the green shone, but lost its color now”

“Made to hide her dress, like a virgin protecting chastity”

“Behind it all was that network of visiting, leaving cards, being kind to people; running about with bunches of flowers, little presents...all that interminable traffic that women of her sort keep up”.

“Oh! Thought Clarissa, in the middle of my party here’s death, she thought”

“Life is made intolerable; they make life intolerable, men like that?”

“She was not worldly like Clarissa; not rich”
Septimus-Look, Look, Septimus!’ she cried. For Dr Holmes had told her to make her husband (who had nothing whatever seriously the matter with him but was a little out of sort) take an interest in things outside himself.” “The last shells missed him”

“It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning”.

“Men trapped in mines; women burnt alive”.

“He had gone through the whole show” but “He was bound to survive”

“The bed was falling; he was falling”

“Beauty [from] behind a pane of glass.”

“Congratulated himself upon feeling very little”

“When he stared so and did not see her it made everything terrible”

“Secret signal which one generation passes, under disguise, to the next is loathing, hatred, despair.”

“To save an England which consisted almost entirely of Shakespeare’s plays and Miss Isabel Pole in a green dress walking in the Square.”

Other-“She looked pale, mysterious, like a lily, drowned, under water”

“why did he come merely to crtisise”

“Ellie Henderson bought cheap, pink flowers”

“Fear no more the heat of the sun/nor the furious winter’s rage”

“The torture, the extraordinary passion of those days”

“ The luster had left her”… “an echo of her old emotion”

Critics- “an ordinary women on an ordinary day”. Elaine Showalter,

“I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.”- “Has now become a war of aggression and conquest”- Siegfried Sassoon letter to the times

“I was neither living nor dead, I knew nothing” –T.S Elliot

“A kind of queen ‘ who ‘ with divine grace… regenerates the post world war world” Sandra M. Gilbert, No Man’s Land.

“Undoubtedly this kind of novel tends to generate sympathy for the characters who’s inner selves are exposed to view, however vain selfish or ignoble their thoughts may occasionally be”David Lodge, art of fiction

“During her parties it was not what she did or said that one remembered but rather the extraordinary sense of her being there” Lucio P. Ruotolo

“At her most interesting, she is a snobbish, vain, repressed lesbian who has dabbled in culture but for the most part of the novel she is only a shadow, poetically enshrined.” Paul Bailey, “ Into the Waves

“It is a novel that explores ‘people’s ability to cope with change”- Elaine Showalter, introduction

As the teams head brass “I sat among the boughs of the fallen elm” “That stewed an angle of the fallow”
“The blizzard felled the elm whose crest I sat in”
“I watched the clods crumble and topple over”
“The horses started and for the last time”
“They killed him. It was back in March, the very night of the blizzard” Eleanor...
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