Mrs. Dalloway Part 13 Summary and Analysis

Virginia Woolf

Part 13 Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Doris Kilman: a bitter and unhappy woman who spends time with (and might be in love with) Elizabeth Dalloway

Elizabeth comes in quietly, reluctant to disturb Clarissa, who is napping. The narrator comments upon Elizabeth’s unusual, indeed exotic looks. Miss Kilman waits outside the door, and Clarissa engages in a brief and frigidly polite conversation with her. They are going shopping.

The narrator provides Kilman’s story to explain her poverty and her bitterness. Always clumsy and unlucky, she lost her job during the war due to her feelings about Germany. Now an itinerant teacher and, it seems, young lady’s companion, she is reduced to charity, and is...

(The entire section is 450 words.)