Mrs Dalloway Key Quotes Essay

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 Farejeon writes, “I asked what we were fighting for” He picked up the ground between his fingers and said “for this”Free verse, narrative poem, 3 parts, begins and ends in same way (lovers) Tears “It seems I have no tears left. They should have fallen- their ghosts, of tears have ghosts, did fall- that day”. When twenty hounds streamed by me” “But still all equal in their rage of gladness” “Upon the scent, made on, like a great dragon” “Young English countrymen, fair- heard and ruddy, in white tunics” “And silence, told me truths I have not dreamed” ‘The British Grenadiers’. “The music piercing that solitude” free verse appropriate for the flow of a memory This is no case of pretty right of wrong “That politicians or philosophers can judge” “I hate not Germans, nor grow hot with love of Englishmen, to please newspapers” “A kind of god he is, banging a gong” But I have not choose between the two, or between justice and injustice” “Can rake out of the ashes” “That ages made her that made us from the dust” “She he all we know and love by” “We love ourselves we hate her foe”.

“Out of the other an England beautiful and like her mother that died yesterday” Couplets towards the end suggest he’s made his decision” Aspens “The aspens at the cross-roads talk together of rain” “The sounds that for these 50 years have been heard” “The whisper of the aspens is not drowned” Calls their ghosts from their abode” “Aspens must shake their leaves and men may hear” “Whatever wind blows, while they and I have leaves” set rhythm abab continuity and structure of poets place in society Words “Out of us all that make rhymes will you choose” “As the winds use a crack in a wall or a drain” “To whistle through choose me you English words? ” “You are light as dreams, tough as oak” “Poppies” “Corn” “Burnet rose” ‘Strange as the races of dead and unborn” Worn new again and again” fixed structure, what is he saying is free-celebrating words Old Man “I love it, as some day the child will love it” “Thinking perhaps of nothing”-“Not a word she says” “I can only wonder how much hereafter she will remember “And me forbidding her to pick” “As for myself, where first I met the bitter scent is lost” “I have mislaid the key” to the “garden” of memories “only a dark nameless avenue” blank verse- appropriate t reflect his blank memory/narrative.