Mrs Dalloway Quotes

"This being Mrs Dalloway; not even Clarissa anymore; this being Mrs Richard Dalloway."
Character: Clarissa. Theme: Gender. Place: first third of the novel
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"It was their idea of tragedy, not his or Rezia's."
Character: Septimus (his suicide). Theme: Society. Place: last third of the novel.
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"A sparrow perched on the railing opposite... to sing freshly and piercingly in Greek."
Character: Septimus. Theme: Madness. Place: first third.
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"Death was defiance. Death was an attempt to communicate."
Character: Clarissa (about Septimus). Theme: Death. Place: final third.
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"She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged."
Character: Clarissa. Theme: Time/Ageing. Place: final third.
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"She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible; unseen; unknown; there being no more marrying, no more having of children."
Character: Clarissa. Theme: Gender. Place: first third.
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"Somehow it was her disaster - her disgrace."
Character: Clarissa (about Septimus). Theme: Death. Place: final third.
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"There was an emptiness about the heart of life; an attic room."
Character: Clarissa. Theme: Depression. Place: first third.
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"She could not dispel a virginity preserved through childbirth which clung to her like a sheet."
Character: Clarissa. Theme: Gender. Place: first third.
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"She was never in the room five minutes without making you feel her superiority, your inferiority; how poor she was; how rich you were."
Character: Clarissa (about Miss Kilman). Theme: Society/Class. Place: first third.
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"First the warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable."
Character: Big Ben (interrupts Clarissa, and then later on, Richard. Theme: Society. Place: first third and then middle third.
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"Her hand... curled upon some imaginary baton such as her grandfathers might have held."
Character: Lady Bruton. Theme: Gender. Place: middle third.
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"In the middle of my party, here's death."
Character: Clarissa (about Septimus). Theme: Death. Place: final third.
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"Here is my Elizabeth."
Character: Clarissa. Theme: Gender. Place: first third.
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"It was his Elizabeth."
Character: Richard. Theme: Gender. Place: final third.
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"It was cowardly for a man to say he would kill himself, but Septimus had fought; he was brave."
Character: Rezia. Theme: Gender/Society. Place: first third.
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"I have five enormous boys!"
Character: Sally. Theme: Gender. Place: final third.
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"The whole world might have turned upside down!"
Character: Clarissa (about her kiss with Sally). Theme: Time/Ageing. Place: first third.
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"Kissing her in the smoking-room to punish her for saying that women should have votes."
Character: Sally and Hugh. Theme: Gender. Place: final third.
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"He had never done a thing they talked of; his whole life had been a failure."
Character: Peter. Theme: Time/Ageing. Place: first third.
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Card 2

Front

Character: Septimus (his suicide). Theme: Society. Place: last third of the novel.

Back

"It was their idea of tragedy, not his or Rezia's."

Card 3

Front

Character: Septimus. Theme: Madness. Place: first third.

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

Character: Clarissa (about Septimus). Theme: Death. Place: final third.

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Character: Clarissa. Theme: Time/Ageing. Place: final third.

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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