“All the time he was thinking only of Clarissa, and was fidgeting with his knife.”
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1925. Print. 187
In this passage, Sally Seton is thinking of Peter thinking of Clarissa. She assumes that his love for Clarissa still exists even though he has intentions to marry someone else. Sally is making conclusions regarding Peter’s feelings for Clarissa based on her close relationship with him. On one hand, by having this meta-representation of Peter readers are given the chance to further get to know his character. Woolf utilizes Sally’s close relationship with Peter to portray his more private thoughts, that is his longing and love for Clarissa. On the other hand, there is a question of validity because it is not Peter who is thinking about Clarissa but Sally who thinks Peter is thinking about Clarissa. This meta-representation also calls for readers to be critical as it leaves out Peter’s point of view.