Dalloway

“To love makes one solitary, she thought. She could tell nobody, not even Septimus now, and looking back, she saw him sitting in his shabby overcoat alone, on the seat, hunched up, staring. And it was all cowardly for a man to say he would kill himself, but Septimus had fought; he was brave; he was not Septimus now. She put on her lace collar. She put on her new hat and he never noticed; and he was happy without her. Nothing could make her happy without him! Nothing! He was selfish. So mean are. For he was not ill. Dr. Holmes said there was nothing the matter with him. She spread her hand before her. Look! Her wedding ring had slipped- she had grown so thin. It was she who suffered- but she had nobody to tell.”

 

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1925. Print. P23

 

Shifting perspectives is one of the core ideas in Mrs. Dalloway.¬†Woolf uses free indirect discourse to allow the emotions and thoughts of her characters seep through the seemingly omniscient narration. She creates and interesting intersection between two conflicting states of mind. Two people in an intimate relationship are in entirely different places toward one another. Lucrezia seems unable to empathize with or even sympathize Septimus’ condition, only able to recount on the effect it has on herself.