Woolf setting the atmosphere

“Times without number Clarissa had visited Evelyn Whitbread in a nursing home. Was Evelyn ill again? Evelyn was a good deal out of sorts, said Hugh, intimating by a kind of pout swell of his very well-covered, manly, extremely handsome, perfectly upholstered body (he was almost too well-dressed always, but presumably had to be, with his little job at Court) that his wife had some internal ailment, nothing serious, which, as an old friend, Clarissa Dalloway would quite understand without requiring him to specify. Ah yes, she did of course; what a nuisance; and felt very sisterly and oddly conscious at the same time of her hat. Not the right hat for the early morning, was that it?” (6)
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. San Diego: Harcourt, 1925. Print.

Notes: I found this passage interesting because it reflects perfectly the atmosphere/style set by Woolf along this particular work, with a subtle shift in narratives (giving the reader a direct insight in the character’s mind: “Ah yes, she did of course”), and with peculiar hints sparking the reader’s curiosity (long description of Hugh’s body: what for?)

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