“The compensation of growing old, Peter Walsh thought, coming out of Regent’s Park, and holding his hat in hand, was simply this; that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained-at last!- the power which adds the supreme flavour to existence,-the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light” (77).
Woolf, V. Mrs. Dalloway, ed. Bonnie Kime Scott (2005).
The story focuses a lot on past experiences and how they affect the characters in their present day. The beginning 92 pages deal a lot with mentions of the past and the characters attempting to come to terms with the outcome.