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The Window, Chapter 1 In the drawing room of her summer house on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides, Mrs. Ramsay tells her son James, he can vis... Read More
The Window, Chapter 2 From the window, an unidentified man tells James with "some semblance of geniality" there will be no trips to the lighth... Read More
The Window, Chapter 3 Mrs. Ramsay slicks James's hair and whispers about the possibilities of sunshine. Searching a catalog for lawn equipment... Read More
The Window, Chapter 4 As Lily Briscoe paints outdoors on the lawn, she fears someone might look at her work. Mr. Ramsay, running around outdoo... Read More
The Window, Chapter 5 As Lily Briscoe and William Bankes walk by, Mrs. Ramsay tells James if the weather keeps them from the lighthouse, they ... Read More
The Window, Chapter 6 In the drawing room Mr. Ramsay repeats, "Some one had blundered," angrily recalling his encounter with William Bankes an... Read More
The Window, Chapter 7 James Ramsay hates his father for interrupting his mother, who reads to him while she knits. He hopes his father will le... Read More
The Window, Chapter 8 Augustus Carmichael avoids Mrs. Ramsay, behavior Mrs. Ramsay thinks results from his wife's dislike of her. Mrs. Ramsay ... Read More
The Window, Chapter 9 As Mr. Ramsay stomps off, William Bankes consoles Lily Briscoe, unnerved by Mr. Ramsay's mood swing. Mr. Bankes agrees t... Read More
The Window, Chapter 10 As Cam Ramsay runs past Lily Briscoe and William Bankes, Mrs. Ramsay calls her to deliver a message to the cook. Mrs. Ra... Read More
The Window, Chapter 11 Mrs. Ramsay looks at the pictures James has cut from the catalog, thinking "children never forget," as she reflects that... Read More
The Window, Chapter 12 Outside Mrs. Ramsay talks about how handsome their gardener Kennedy is. Seeing the ladder against the greenhouse, she de... Read More
The Window, Chapter 13 While walking on the lawn, William Bankes and Lily Briscoe discuss travel and art—he has visited Amsterdam, Madrid, and ... Read More
The Window, Chapter 14 Nancy Ramsay reluctantly accompanies Minta Doyle on the walk only because she asks her expectedly with "her dumb look." ... Read More
The Window, Chapter 15 Mrs. Ramsay expresses worry regarding Nancy's whereabouts, and she questions Prue. In response to her mother's question,... Read More
The Window, Chapter 16 As Mrs. Ramsay readies for dinner, she worries about Nancy, who she thinks is with the tardy walking group. Jasper and R... Read More
The Window, Chapter 17 As Mrs. Ramsay sits at the head of the table, she directs guests to their seats, wondering, internally, what she has "do... Read More
The Window, Chapter 18 After dinner the guests linger, deciding what to do next. Mrs. Ramsay hurries off, desiring solitude. In the stair... Read More
The Window, Chapter 19 Forgetting what she wanted, Mrs. Ramsay sits and begins knitting. Mr. Ramsay reads. Reflecting on the poem he recited at... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 1 Leaving the terrace, William Bankes says they must wait for the "future." Arriving from the beach, Andrew Ramsay says, "... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 2 On a rainy night, darkness descends on the house through "keyholes and crevices." The only stir in the house is the "det... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 3 Images of autumn, winter, night, darkness, and destruction continue. Trees are tattered, ravaged. The images of closing ... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 4 The "stray airs" seep into the house again, encountering the things "people have shed and left." There is rarely movemen... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 5 Approximately 70, Mrs. McNab cleans the house, singing an old popular song wondering, "how long it shall endure?" She st... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 6 Prue Ramsay marries in spring and dies that summer from childbirth complications. Mrs. McNab dusts and sweeps the abando... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 7 Nights, summer, winters, and years pass: "for night and day, month and year ran shapelessly together," a description tha... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 8 Rumors circulate about the Ramsays selling the house. Not expecting them to return, Mrs. McNab picks flowers to bring ho... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 9 The house sits deserted and in continued disrepair. As it is about to disappear into the "sands of oblivion," Mrs. McNab... Read More
Time Passes, Chapter 10 Lily Briscoe falls asleep listening to the sea. Augustus Carmichael reads. When he finishes, he thinks the house looks "... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 1 It is not quite eight o'clock in the morning, 10 years after the beginning of the novel. As Lily Briscoe sits at the tab... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 2 Mr. Ramsay observes Lily Briscoe. Seeking her sympathy, he asks if she has everything she wants. She does. They stand in... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 3 Looking from the canvas to the garden, Lily Briscoe feels "divided." The image has remained a "knot in her mind" for a d... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 4 The boat hardly moves, and Cam and James hope they will have to turn back. The siblings worry their father's behavior wi... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 5 Lily Briscoe spots Mr. Ramsay's boat before it launches across the bay. The memory of Mrs. Ramsay writing letters at the... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 6 The entire chapter appears in brackets, as if the action is an afterthought to the main text. After Macalister's son cat... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 7 Lily Briscoe is grateful no one hears her crying and calling for Mrs. Ramsay. The "pain of want" and her "bitter anger" ... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 8 The sail loses the wind, stalling the boat. Without wind, movement, and sound to distract everyone, the group becomes aw... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 9 As Lily Briscoe gazes at the still and peaceful sea that "stretche[s] like silk across the bay," she worries over the po... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 10 Cam watches the shore from the sea. She begins telling herself a story of escaping from a sinking ship because she crave... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 11 As Lily Briscoe thinks "so much ... depends on distance," she watches Mr. Ramsay's boat move across the bay. Augustus Ca... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 12 James observes Mr. Ramsay, close to finishing his book, and thinks he looks old, the physical manifestation of "what was... Read More
The Lighthouse, Chapter 13 Lily Briscoe assumes the boat has reached the lighthouse and thinks Mr. Ramsay has received the sympathy she failed to g... Read More
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