Mrs. Dalloway Mind-read

“All the time he was thinking only of Clarissa, and was fidgeting with his knife.”

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, 1925. Print. 187.

In this instance this is presented in third person. But earlier in the paragraph it indicates Sally thought, “Poor Peter, thought Sally.” The paragraph continues Sally’s thoughts even without restating that they are thoughts. This sentence states simply that the third person narrative is saying in this sentence that Peter is thinking. Also of note, as Woolf changes points of view within individual paragraphs this makes this sentence interesting as it doesn’t say Sally thought that he was thinking only of Clarissa. This thinking is what most of the novel is about, about Peter loving Clarissa still. Ultimately leading Peter to Clarissa in the end. Sally represents this as Peter’s affection towards Clarissa, while at the same time lamenting that he no longer has feeling for her.

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