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To the Lighthouse | Study Guide

Virginia Woolf

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To the Lighthouse | Time Passes, Chapter 6 | Summary



Prue Ramsay marries in spring and dies that summer from childbirth complications. Mrs. McNab dusts and sweeps the abandoned house.

In France, Andrew Ramsay, along with approximately 30 other men, dies instantly when a shell explodes. That spring Augustus Carmichael publishes a collection of poems to acclaim.


Passing seasons are represented by unpleasant images of nature: summer winds, flies, gnats, and overgrown gardens. Late in the summer, the war is represented abstractly with the shock of dull sounds loosening the shawl and breaking teacups. Periodically the glass in the cupboard quakes, or a thud sounds. These little movements represent the distant explosions of war, foreshadowing Andrew's death.

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