Unrequited Love

“She looked at Peter Walsh; her look, passing through all that time and that emotion, reached him doubtfully; settled on him tearfully; and rose and fluttered away, as a bird touches a branch and rises and flutters away. Quite simply she wiped her eyes”(43).

Notes: Peter’s love for Clarissa, wasted life, tortured emotions

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. San Diego: Harcourt, 1925. Print.





2 thoughts on “Unrequited Love

  1. The relationship between Peter and Clarissa is a confusing one. I don’t know that they pine for each other as much as they pine for the past. Their remorse and contemplation is more about the people they were and the choices they made, rather than the possibility of “them” that never was. There is the constant reference to time passing and how everyone has aged. I probably have this interpretation because I am close in age to Clarissa and Peter and can relate to their feelings and contemplations.

  2. I found this passage really sad, especially the last sentence. Woolf does a good job with this by not overanalyzing what is going on. I liked the part about the bird as well. It’s interesting how, in this passage, Woolf doesn’t go overboard with the description. I think it works much better this way.

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