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Part 14 Summary and Analysis

Doris Kilman sits in desolation. Upset, she rocks like a child, and as she leaves, her clumsiness makes her ridiculous. On the street, she sees Westminster Cathedral, which calms and inspires her. Mr. Fletcher, a friend, sees her in the crowd. He views her with pity and compassion, but he fails to stop and talk with her.

Elizabeth waits for a public bus. People have started comparing her to parts of nature, and this bothers her. She has no desire to be noticed, but her unusual, almost oriental looks and her
blossoming womanhood, raise the interests of others.

Through the whirl of colors and movement, Elizabeth’s thoughts come to the reader. She shows compassion for Kilman, yet she also judges her. Elizabeth mostly revels in the freedom she feels. Unwatched by any guardian, she can go wherever she wishes. The bus sways in its forward motion like a horse. Elizabeth thinks about her future on the way to the Strand, a famous street that links the western section of London to the main city.

Elizabeth knows that the Dalloways do not often go to the Strand, but her curiosity makes the visit an adventure. The world around her is full of activities and mysteries. Seeing all the people’s lives before her gives her confidence and stimulates her thoughts about her own future.

The narrator describes the world Elizabeth sees, in its rich flux of diverse emotions and impressions. The world on this
summer day, with the sun starting to sink, is magnificent. Yet Elizabeth realizes that she must be home soon, and she looks for a clock. She has delayed her departure, but now she boards an omnibus homeward. A slight...

(The entire section is 430 words.)