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They talked, she thought, as if Abercorn Terrace were a scene in a play. They talked as if they were speaking of people who were real, but not real in the way in which she felt herself to be real. It puzzled her; it made her feel that he was two different people at the same time; that he was living at two different times at the same moment. She was a little girl wearing a pink frock; and here she was in this room, now.
-- Rose (chapter 5)

Importance: Rose is at lunch with her cousins, Sara and Maggie, when she suddenly feels like she is a child again. Woolf uses their conversation, and Rose's thoughts, to explore the distance between adulthood and childhood, and the unfamiliarity of the events of our own pasts. In this passage, Rose momentarily feels that she has been transported back to the past, that she is reliving...

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