Woolf, “Mrs. Dalloway”: Connections

“Poor old woman,” said Rezia Warren Smith, waiting to cross.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. Benediction Classics, Oxford, 2017

The three never really “cross paths” here, but Peter sees Rezia and Septimus, and imagines they must be fighting and then Septimus mistakes Peter for his old war buddy Evans. Rezia also pities the same old woman that Peter did.

To add, both Peter and Rezia feel disconnected from the people they love…

Joyce, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”: Art and Artistry

“He was destined to learn his own wisdom apart from others or to learn the wisdom of others himself wandering among the snares of the world” (175).

Stephen decides that he is going refuse to conform to the organized forms of society or religion and forge his own path. He’s beginning to embrace his desire to become a great artist.

James, Henry. “The Middle Years.” H. James Complete Stories 1892-1898, The Library of America, 1996, page 337.

Henry James, “The Middle Years”

“This was the laceration – that practically his career was over: it was as violent as a rough hand at his throat” (James, 337).

The vivid and morbid imagery here is quite shocking. The use of the word “laceration” and the simile, “as violent as a rough hand at his throat” goes to show just how deeply Dencombe resonated the purpose of his life to his writing.

James, Henry. “The Middle Years.” H. James Complete Stories 1892-1898, The Library of America, 1996, page 337.