Mrs. Dalloway Part 9 Summary and Analysis

Virginia Woolf

Part 9 Summary and Analysis

Peter’s attention is caught by the sounds of an old, ragged woman, singing nonsense. She does not seem rational. The narrator describes how, throughout the entire history of the planet, the woman had stood there and sang this song about a lost love.

Lucrezia (who is called “Rezia” from this point onward) also hears the woman, and pities her. Yet the pity she feels is mostly for herself. Her unhappiness is overtaking her, and her last hope is that Sir Bradshaw can cure Septimus. She decides to be cheerful and optimistic.

The narrator describes Septimus’ appearance and history. He is a man who could become either successful or merely a survivor. He had a typically troubled boyhood,...

(The entire section is 503 words.)