Mrs. Dalloway: Mind Read

“- busy men hurrying home yet instantly bethinking them as it passed of some wife; or presumably how easily it might have been them there, stretched on a shelf with a doctor and a nurse. . . .” (Woolf, 151)

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1925. Print.

This passage highlights the way in which Peter Walsh reflects on other passer by’s thoughts on seeing the ambulance. Possibly a fear of it infects the stream of consciousness.

Paragraph: The passage depicts Peter thinking about what the people on the street, passing by, are thinking when the ambulance passes them. It implies the idea of “putting yourself in others shoes” but Peter seems to be judging as well. It also shows the idea of a fear breaking through the commutative stream of conscious Woolf has set up, assuming the idea of men thinking they have to hurry home to their wives or loved ones to make sure they were not in the ambulance itself. in this sense it acts as a disrupting force in the commutative conscious.

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