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Dall...away into London

A voyage into the city of London.
by

Gian Di Carlo

on 4 May 2011

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Shall we dive into London? A site of great religious importance, Westminster Abbey is also a burial place for important historical figures. "Ah, said St. Margaret's, like a hostess who comes into her drawing-room on the very stroke of the hour and finds her guests there already. I am not late. No it is precisely half-past eleven, she says." (Woolf 74)

The clock strikes exactly on the hour, and finds the citizens of London waiting to hear it, anticipating it, needing it to control their daily lives and to show them that they are growing, and that time is passing. St. James Park is surrounded by three palaces and is the oldest park in London. St. James Park: "She had reached the Park gates. She stood for a moment, looking at the omnibuses in Piccadilly...She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged. She sliced like a knife through everything; at the same time was outside looking on..." (Woolf 8) Regents Park was part of the Manor of Tyburn during the middle ages and is known as the "Jewel of the Crown" Regents Park: Peter observes London and is proud of its level of civilization..

Impulse/non-conformity/rebellion vs Patience/obedience/discipline/social conformity.

Loneliness. But above all other of the impressions we have about Clarissa and Peter, there is a strong pervading sense that in spite of Peter's "love" and Clarissa's "security" that each of them is still lonely for the other.

Sanity is to question here as well, one review states: “And, since this a book about sanity and madness, we might consider whether or not it really shows a touch of madness to disregard common sense and play at shadowing a glamorous, strange woman. Conversely, is it really sane to always follow all the rules, as Clarissa has?”

Clarissa attempts to reckon with death rationally, as she rationally reckoned with love — and chose Richard Dalloway.

The park provides a stage on which such actors as loneliness, sanity, confusion, frustration, love, beauty, discipline, non-conformity and conformity, and internal strife are all able to intermingle create the juxtaposition between reality and thought. •It became notorious as the route taken by prisoners on their final journey from Newgate Prison to the gallows atTyburn near Marble Arch
•By about 1729, the road had become known as Oxford Street
•Became popular with entertainers including bear-baiters and masquerades, and for entertainment buildings such as the Pantheon
•During the 19th century, the area became known for its shops Oxford St: Walking among the chaotic crowds on London’s Oxford Street. She reports them, however, with striking detachment, and the contradiction between the violence of the streets and the great rest Woolf feels as she walks through it is jarring. Yet both extremes exist simultaneously in the modern city, just as connectedness and isolation collide in Mrs. Dalloway.
Quote: “In people’s eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some airplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June 4th” Clarissa Buckingham Palace was a residence of importance to the royal family since the 18th Century. Commemorative of the Battle of Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square is still owned by the Queen. Trafalgar Square: In the middle of Trafalgar Square, Peter feels suddenly free. Nobody except Clarissa knows he is in London. He begins to follow a young woman who seems to become his ideal woman as he looks at her. Peter feels like a romantic buccaneer and is impressed by his own adventurousness. Inherited by Edward Harley, this street is known for its prowess in private medical practice. Always a shopping center, Bond Street is the most expensive retail location in Europe. Bond Street: "Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely; all this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? but that somehow in the streets of London, on the ebb and flow of things, here, there, she survived...?" The Stream: The passing of time and life and the threat of time passing without one's consent.

The movement of water represents the movement of life. The shrinking and growing of a stream can represent the events in a life and the infallible movement of time. The movement can also reference the crowds of London and the flow of life in that respect. Clarissa's room:
A haven and a safe place. But also a source of confusion. An arena to escape her mind and visualize her life from a distance.
However, she is alone. Here, she can't hide from her thoughts, emotions, and questions by surrounding herself with crowds of people. The silence and the solitude are not always welcoming for Clarissa. Mrs. Dalloway - By: Virginia Woolf Mapping Project By: Gian Marco Di Carlo, Chelsea Boyle, Jessica Gregoire, Phil Tylman In Mrs. Dalloway, groups of admirers gather outside of Buckingham Palace to look on to the motor car that was carrying British Royalty.
Clarissa also witnesses the Queen coming out of the Palace on her walk. Clarissa reports the action in the street with striking detachment.
Contradictions between the action in the streets and the serenity Woolf feels as she walks through them, lost in her thoughts
“In people’s eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some airplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June 4th”
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