Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

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Timeline of Events

  • Early morning

    Clarissa buys flowers.

    Section 1
  • Late morning

    The motorcar drives down Bond Street.

    Section 2
  • 11:00 a.m.

    Peter visits Clarissa.

    Section 3
  • 11:45 a.m.

    Septimus sees Evans in the park.

    Section 7
  • Noon

    Septimus and Rezia visit Bradshaw.

    Section 10
  • 1:30 p.m–2:30 p.m.

    Lady Bruton has lunch with Richard and Hugh.

    Section 11
  • 3:00 p.m.

    Richard brings flowers to Clarissa.

    Section 12
  • Late afternoon–6:00 p.m.

    Septimus commits suicide.

    Section 15
  • Early evening

    Clarissa's party begins.

    Section 17
  • Late evening–3:00 a.m.

    Clarissa hears of Septimus's death at her party.

    Section 17

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Section 1 Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway decides to buy flowers on her own for a party she's giving that night. It's a Wednesday in June 1... Read More
Section 2 Other London citizens near the flower shop hear the explosion of the motorcar and spread rumors about whose car it is. B... Read More
Section 3 Resting at home, Clarissa feels content in the moment. She attributes her happiness in life to companionship—her servant... Read More
Section 4 Peter Walsh walks toward the street as Big Ben chimes 11:30 a.m. He feels Clarissa Dalloway has grown both "hard" and "s... Read More
Section 5 As Peter Walsh rests in the park, he dreams about a solitary traveler. The traveler is an atheist, wandering through the... Read More
Section 6 Peter Walsh wakes up, repeating the phrase "The death of the soul." He realizes the house in his dream is connected to t... Read More
Section 7 Peter is disturbed by his memories but thinks the day is still beautiful and "one got over things." He sees little Elise... Read More
Section 8 Peter Walsh, passing Septimus and Rezia Warren Smith, wonders what the young couple is fighting about. His five-year abs... Read More
Section 9 Rezia sees the same old woman that Peter does. She pities the woman and wonders where she'll sleep at night. She and Sep... Read More
Section 10 At noon the Warren Smiths arrive for the appointment with Dr. Bradshaw. (Meanwhile, Clarissa Dalloway is laying out her ... Read More
Section 11 A shop clock on Oxford Street announces it is 1:30 p.m. Hugh Whitbread goes into the shop, Rigby and Lowndes, to buy soc... Read More
Section 12 Richard and Hugh walk through town, lethargic and not wishing to talk to each other. The hot day makes Richard think of ... Read More
Section 13 Richard asks to sit down and talk to Clarissa, who's still thinking of Peter Walsh. They discuss their distaste for Hugh... Read More
Section 14 Miss Kilman stands on the landing, self-conscious about her drab mackintosh, or raincoat. She's poor, in her forties, an... Read More
Section 15 Septimus Warren Smith rests on the sofa in the sitting room of his home. Observing the light on the wall, he feels unafr... Read More
Section 16 Hearing Septimus's ambulance go by, Peter Walsh (not knowing who is in the ambulance) praises London's efficiency and or... Read More
Section 17 Lucy and Agnes hurriedly prepare food for guests. Extra staff, hired for the party, arrive along with the wealthy guests... Read More
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