Volltext: Mrs. Dalloway

MRS. DALLOWAY 
it, there—the moment of this June morning on which 
was the pressure of all the other mornings, seeing the 
glass, the dressing-table, and all the bottles afresh, col- 
lecting the whole of her at one point (as she looked into 
the glass), seeing the delicate pink face of the woman 
who was that very night to give a party; of Clarissa 
Dalloway; of herself. 
How many million times she had seen her face, and 
always with the same imperceptible contraction! She 
pursed her lips when she looked in the glass. It was to 
give her face point. That was her self—pointed; dart- 
like; definite. That was her self when some effort, some 
call on her to be her self, drew the parts together, she 
alone knew how different, how incompatible and com- 
posed so for the world only into one centre, one dia- 
mond, one woman who sat in her drawing-room and 
made a meeting-point, a radiancy no doubt in some 
dull lives, a refuge for the lonely to come to, perhaps; 
she had helped young people, who were grateful to her; 
had tried to be the same always, never showing a sign 
of all the other sides of her—faults, jealousies, vanities, 
suspicions, like this of Lady Bruton not asking her to 
lunch; which, she thought (combing her hair finally), 
is utterly base! Now, where was her dress? 
Her evening dresses hung in the cupboard. Clarissa, 
plunging her hand into the softness, gently detached 
the green dress and carried it to the window. She had 
torn it. Some one had trod on the skirt. She had felt it 
give at the Embassy party at the top among the folds. 
By artificial light the green shone, but lost its colour 
now in the sun. She would mend it. Her maids had 
too much to do. She would wear it to-night. She would 
take her silks, her scissors, her—what was it?—her 
thimble, of course, down into the drawing-room, for she 
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