Mrs. Dalloway

“But there could be no doubt that greatness was seated within; greatness was passing, hidden, down Bond Street, removed only by a hand’s-breadth from ordinary people who might now, for the first and last time, be within speaking distance of the majesty of England, of the enduring symbol of the state which will be known to curious antiquaries, sifting the ruins of time, when London is a grass-grown path and all those hurrying along the pavement this Wednesday morning are but bones with a few wedding rings mixed up in their dust and the gold stoppings of innumerable decayed teeth. The face in the motor car will then be known.”

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2005), 16.

Woolf uses this way of language to show a piece of social order. It is like the voice of the author and main character work together to express a pathway of thoughts that leads to this one point, which is the importance of this figure of “greatness. It is an image of variance between the commoner and those who are “great” in England.

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