Mrs. Dalloway Part 3 Summary and Analysis

Virginia Woolf

Part 3 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Sally Seton: an old friend of Clarissa

Lucy: the Dalloway’s maid

Lady Bruton: vivacious woman who invites Richard Dalloway and Hugh Whitbread to her home for a luncheon

Richard Dalloway: Clarissa’s husband

Summary
Returning from the florist, Clarissa finds that Richard is lunching at Lady Bruton’s. Excluded and hurt, Clarissa appreciates Lucy’s sympathy. The two share a moment of silent communication. Clarissa’s disappointment affects her thoughts. She overreacts internally, imagining herself ancient and alone, because she was not invited. She worries about the extent of her social graces.

Climbing the stairs, Clarissa...

(The entire section is 562 words.)