Mrs. Dalloway: Commonplace and Mind-read

“Holmes would say, ‘In a funk, eh?'”

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1925. Print. 145

This sentence represents the way in which Septimus believes everyone else views his mental illness, by being “in a funk.”


In this sentence, Septimus is assuming the way Holmes will approach him and his mental state.  He is assuming that others see his state as something that will pass and not something that is serious and beyond their understanding.  It highlights how Septimus thinks others see him and how that assuming hurts his mental state further.  Septimus is able to see what Holmes thinks of him and in Septimus’ mind, knows that Holmes thinks he needs to get out of this “funk,” belittling Septimus’ true feelings.

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