Sample commonplace entry

For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer’s men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning—fresh as if issued to children on a beach.

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, ed. Bonnie Kime Scott (Orlando: Harcourt, 2005), 3.

Lack of context for names and events—what is Lucy’s work? why take doors off hinges? Inner emphasis: Clarissa’s thoughts. What is even going on? What does it mean to “issue” a morning?


This is the main course site for Early Twentieth-Century Fiction, Fall 2022, taught by Prof. Andrew Goldstone. It holds the course commonplace book (described on the Commonplacing page). For the commonplacing assignment, Group A students have last names beginning A–L; group B students have last names beginning M–Z.