Mrs. Dalloway

“All the time he was thinking only of Clarissa, and was fidgeting with his knife” (Woolf 187)

Here Sally is assuming that Peter is still in love with Clarissa. It highlights the fact that after all these years Peter still yearns for Clarissa. Woolf is further solidifying Peter’s feelings for Clarissa by allowing another character to make the conclusion on their own. However, by allowing Sally to think of Peter’s feelings of Clarissa, Woolf is also drawing on the relationship between Sally, Clarissa, and Peter. This strengthens the validity of Sally’s thoughts because she has known both Peter and Clarissa for a long time, also offering that Peter’s feelings for Clarissa may not be apparent to everyone else.