Book Beginnings – Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

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.

What a lark! What a plunge! For so it had always seemed to her, when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which she could hear now, she had burst open the French windows and plunged at Bourton into the open air.  How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; the kiss of a wave;  chill and sharp and yet (for a girl of eighteen as she then was) solemn, feeling as she did, standing there at the open window, that something awful was about to happen; looking at the flowers, at the trees with the smoke winding off them and the rocks rising, falling; standing and looking until Peter Walsh said, “Musing among the vegetables?” – was that it? – “I prefer men to cauliflowers” – was that it?  He must have said it at breakfast one morning when she had gone out on to the terrace – Peter Walsh.  He would be back from India one of these days, June or July, she forgot which, for his letters were awfully dull; it was his sayings on remembered; his eyes, his pocket-knife, his smile, his grumpiness and, when millions of things had utterly vanished – how strange it was! – a few sayings like this about cabbages.

This is perhaps the dullest book to read.
Who’s afraid of Virgina Woolf? I am, I am! I fear I may want to kill myself too before this book ends.




2 Responses to “Book Beginnings – Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf”

  1. namelessneed Says:

    yeah but
    “I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later an thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past”
    “It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality”
    “It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top” -Virginia Woolf


  2. For what it is worth, despite Virginia W’s great ability to write, describe scenes, characters, mostly I find British authors and TV programs, that deal with households and the people in them, rather tedious, actually.


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