Reflection of the Past

“So Richard’s mind, recovering from its lethargy, set now on his wife, Clarissa, whom Peter Walsh had loved so passionately; and Richard had had a sudden vision of her there at luncheon; of himself and Clarissa; of their life together; and he drew the tray of old jewels towards him, and taking up first the brooch then that ring,” (Woolf 111).

Woolf, V. Mrs. Dalloway, ed. Bonnie Kime Scott (2005).

Reflection on his relationship with his wife overcomes him as he learns that her old love has returned to London. It seems that out of fear and disappointment in his past actions, Richard, wants to apologize by giving Clarissa a gift.

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?