Clarissa Dalloway Buying Flowers

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself . . . For there she was.” — Woolf, Virginia. (1925). Mrs. Dalloway.


Before parties, Mrs. Dalloway would set off for Covent Garden where she might buy flowers,

picking out  tasteful selections of peonies, tea roses, and lilies herself from among  market stalls,

At Harrod’s, she shopped for choice cuts of meat and fine wines the Bloomsbury set might devour.

As guests like John Maynard Keyes and E.M. Forster in their diaries no doubt touchingly recalled.

For as she said, there she was, musing among the vegetables,  a London dowager of an uncertain age

reflecting in a stream of conscious thought ever depressive notions of Post-Great War English rage.

6 thoughts on “Clarissa Dalloway Buying Flowers

    1. Thanks, currently at age 67, I am a substitute teacher in an inner city public school system, but as you might have guessed I have taught rhetoric composition and British and World Literature at the university level.

  1. That is a quote from the second page of the novel at the end of a ten-line sentence: “How fresh, how calm, . . . “Musing among the the vegetables?” –was that it–“I refer men to cauliflowers “was that it? (p 4, Harcourt/HBJ Book).

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