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Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf
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Summary: Direct and vivid in her account of Clarissa Dalloway's preparations for a party, Virginia Woolf explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life. nbsp; In Mrs. Dalloway, the novel on which the movie The Hours was based, Virginia Woolf details Clarissa Dalloway's preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life. The novel "contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century" (Michael Cunningham).

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main characters Clarice Dalloway
Age: 50s
Beautiful; charming; shallow; recovering from an illness; planning a party; reflects on her past; regrets marrying her husband of thirty years instead of her suitor; remembers the special friendship, bordering on a crush, she shared with a scandalous woman years ago; visited by her former suitor.

Septimus Smith
War veteran
Struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder from the war; hears voices; believes his life has little meaning; lost his good friend and fellow officer in the war; escapes the attendants from the asylum his wife wants to send him to by jumping out a window.

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