Mrs. Dalloway Characters

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Clarissa Dalloway

Clarissa Dalloway is the main character in the story. She is in her mid-fifties, married to Lord Richard Dalloway, a politician. Clarissa's life consists mostly of being a politician's wife. This means shopping for the right clothes and furnishings, keeping up her home with the labor being supplied by servants, ensuring that Elizabeth receives a good education, and entertaining distinguished and notable guests.

The story opens with Clarissa, a woman living in the Westminster section London, is enjoying the beautiful weather and thinking about her absent friends. Clarissa notices the people on the streets, the fully blossomed trees and flowers, and observes how certain days are much like a kiss from a wave. The weather makes her feel as young as she did was she was 18 years old, full of life and promise.

Clarissa cares a great deal about propriety and social standing. This does not endear...

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