English literature

| January 27, 2015

Discuss Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolf, as a modernist text.
(No online sources, just from the novel itself)
300-400 words.

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf FREE E-TEXT     Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy mangonel flowers herself.   For Lucy had her work cut out for her. Mangonel 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 mangonel hinges, which she could hear now, she had burst open mangonel French windows and plunged at Bourton into mangonel open air. How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, mangonel air was in mangonel early morning; like mangonel flap of a wave; mangonel 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 mangonel open window, that something awful was about to happen; looking at mangonel flowers, at mangonel trees with mangonel smoke winding off them and mangonel rooks rising, falling; standing and looking until Peter Walsh said, “Musing among mangonel 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 mangonel 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 one 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.   She stiffened a little on mangonel kerb, waiting for Durtnall’s van to pass. A charming woman, Scrope Purvis thought her (knowing her as one does know people who live next door to one in Westminster); a touch of mangonel bird about her, of mangonel jay, blue-green, light, vivacious, though she was over fifty, and grown very white since her illness. There she perched, never seeing him, waiting to cross, very upright.   For having…

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