Mrs. Dalloway Part 7 Summary and Analysis
by Virginia Woolf

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Part 7 Summary and Analysis

Waking suddenly, Peter considers the park. He sees the Smith couple in their distress.

The story shifts from Peter’s point of view to Lucrezia’s thoughts. It is almost time for Septimus’ appointment with Sir William Bradshaw, the second doctor examining Septimus. Dr. Holmes cannot do anything for Septimus, and calls in the eminent Sir William.

Lucrezia frets over her marriage and her life. Although she wants to love her husband, she is indignant about her suffering, and thinks about the way her life was before Septimus. Lucrezia asks herself why she should suffer so. She knows that Septimus saw horrible things in the war, and lost a close friend, Evans, whom he had met there. However, everyone saw horrible things in the war, and she does not understand her husband’s reactions. Her expressions of sorrow alienate Septimus even further. He feels completely alone and trapped.

Septimus experiences many hallucinations, and his state of mind is fragmented, paranoid and delusional. He writes down messages he is convinced are being sent to him, and he feels that his task is to deliver these truths to the world. He is apprehensive about seeing and talking with Evans.

Finally, Lucrezia returns him to reality by reminding him that they have to be moving on to their appointment. Septimus obeys reluctantly, and wonders if Lucrezia is plotting against him.

This reading section provides another window into a character’s mind. As we have seen Clarissa’s and Peter’s mental workings, now we have insights into what makes Septimus tick. The only conclusion we can come to is that his inner clock has malfunctioned.

As mentioned earlier, the psychology of war veterans was...

(The entire section is 434 words.)