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What are some passages from "The Lady in the Looking" Glass and Mrs. Dalloway that represent the stream-of-consciousness technique?

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Let us begin by understanding what's meant by 'stream of consciousness' in this context; it's a literary term with various definitions, but we can appeal to Woolf's own description of it in "Modern Fiction":

Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad impressions—trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpness of steel. . . . Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.

'Stream of consciousness' writing is a hallmark of early twentieth century modernist writing and Woolf is an excellent exponent of this style. In "The Lady in the Looking Glass," the eponymous looking glass is utilized metaphorically in order to provide insights into the character of Isabella, the 'lady' in the title.

In this passage, Woolf describes the 'myriad impressions' received by her...

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