“Septimus Warren Smith, aged about thirty, pale-faced, beak-nosed, wearing brown shoes and a shabby overcoat, with hazel eyes which had that look of apprehension in them which makes complete strangers apprehensive too. The world has raised its whip; where will it descend?” Chapter 1
This quote is quite interesting, simply because most characters are seen through a lens created by the main character. Septimus is completely broken and on the verge of suicide, finding no peace anywhere, but the story if focused around Mrs. Dalloway and her issues of regret. It seems her sorrow should be the lesser.