The Hours Setting & Symbolism

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Hogarth House

Hogarth House is the real-life home of Virginia Woolf. She and her husband Leonard moved, for a time, to Hogarth House, in the suburbs of Richmond, because Leonard felt it was important to Virginia's mental health to be away from the city life of London.

Dan's Birthday Cake

This is the cake which Laura Brown bakes and re-bakes in her futile attempt to achieve her ideal of being the perfect housewife. Her failure to create a perfect cake drives her to despair, as it symbolizes, for Laura, her overall failure in life.

The Wellfleet House

Wellfleet is the house where Richard, Louis, and Clarissa lived together as young adults. Clarissa's most memorable hour, in which she kisses Richard out by the pond, takes place here.

The Normandy

The Normandy is the hotel which Laura Brown checks into the day she nearly commits suicide.

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