To the Lighthouse - Study Guide The Lighthouse Chapters 3 and 4 Summary & Analysis

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Mr. Ramsay makes his way over to where Lily stands at her easel and decides that she is not unattractive. He hopes that Lily can give him the sympathy he desperately seeks. Pleasant conversation leads to Mr. Ramsay's heavy sighs at the mention of Mrs. Ramsay. Lily cannot bring herself to console the man. Lily realizes that her behavior probably marks her as an old maid, but she is unmoved by Mr. Ramsay's dramatic attempts for sympathy.

Lily notices the fine pair of boots that Mr. Ramsay wears and compliments them. This is the catalyst for the conversation and Mr. Ramsay lights up as she validates his ability to acquire such fine footwear. Lily secretly chastises herself for commenting on Mr. Ramsay's boots when clearly he had wanted some mention of the grief he still feels.

Mr. Ramsay's petulant behavior now...

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