Tormented Past

“For why go back like this to the past? he thought. Why make him think of it again? Why make him suffer, when she had tortured him so infernally? Why?”( Woolf 42).

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. Harcourt, 2002.

In this quote, we see a start with indirect discourse and a move into free indirect discourse where the narrator lets Peter peak through. This surfaces the question of why transition into free indirect discourse? Why not just continue the utilization of indirect discourse? Is it supposed to emphasize Peter’s overwhelming emotions about his past with Clarissa?