Mrs. Dalloway

“Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2005), 5.

The first sentence of the book uses language that leaves the reader asking many questions: Why is she buying the flowers? Why does she have to buy them herself? Is this the way the character thinks? This first sentence relays that she is independent and can handle things on her own. We learn that she needs these flowers for a reason and that she will do it on her own.