“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.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

“In a college like this, he said at length, there is one boy or perhaps two or three boys whom God calls to the religious life. Such a boy is marked off from his companions by his piety, by the good example he shows to others. He is looked up to by them; he is chosen perhaps as perfect by his fellow sodalists. And you, Stephen, have been such a boy in this college, prefect of Our Blessed Lady’s sodality. Perhaps you are the boy in this college whom God designs to call to Himself”.

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Stephen feels proud of himself for receiving this honor and there is amazing imagery in this part of the novel that depicts what is going on in his mind and his idea of being a priest of God.