“But he wanted to come in holding something. Flowers? Yes, flowers, since he did not trust his taste in gold: any numbers of flowers, roses, orchids, to celebrate what was, reckoning things as you will, an event; this feeling about her when they spoke of Peter Walsh at luncheon; and they never spoke of it; not for years had they spoken of it; which he thought, grasping his red and white roses (a vast bunch in tissue paper), is the greatest mistake in the world. (115)
Notes: A reference back to the first sentence. “Mrs, Dalloway said she would buy flowers herself” (3). Here, Mr. Dalloway is going to buy them. He see the potential conflict arising in the future, and acknowledges he could have done more. Gifts to soften the situation. Flowers play a part in the plot. Importance of not talking/communication.
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. San Diego: Harcourt, 1925. Print.