Love, which is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection, is commonly used as a theme by writers from around the world. English writer Virginia Woolf, for example, has written several literary works on human nature. Her free-form prose style earned her credits for which her creations published in the 1920s were most distinguished. Love is not love without memories, both the novel Mrs. Dalloway and the short story “A Haunted House” are elaborately written by Virginia Woolf about love; however, the character Clarissa from Mrs. Dalloway, at her age of fifty two, is lonely questioning her loss of true love, whereas the ghostly couple from “A Haunted House” happily reminisces on their passionate past.
Clarissa Dalloway’s love memories are filled with her adolescent partner Peter Walsh; nevertheless, she eventually marries to Richard Dalloway. In the novel, on the day Clarissa prepares for her party, she has been constantly recalling Peter. On one hand, Clarissa is familiar with her old friend. She bursts into excitement upon Peter’s arrival, “...for a single second she could not remember what he was called! so [sic] surprised she was to see him, so glad, so shy, so utterly taken aback to have Peter Walsh come to her unexpectedly in the morning!” (Woolf 59) Thousands of feelings unwittingly well up in her heart. Similarly, Clarissa is so accustomed to Peter’s habit of fiddling with his pocket knife that she still feels cordial after years, “...And it came over me ‘I might have married you,’ she said, thinking of Peter sitting there in his little bow-tie; with that knife, opening it, shutting it. ‘Just as he always was, you know’ ” (Woolf 180). Everything of Peter ...
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...; a solitude; even between husband and wife a gulf...”(Woolf 181). In short, the ghostly couple has reaped a harvest of true love in which they have sweetened the atmosphere when reflecting the past together.
In summary, despite how unforgettable the past is, Clarissa Dalloway has unfortunately missed Peter Walsh from when she was young. As she finally comprehends, everything has already been set to be a foregone conclusion; despite how disappointed it is to be without each other, the ghostly couple has fortunately come together. Memories rejuvenate people like a rainbow that comes after the rain; meanwhile, they also highlight those like Clarissa Dalloway’s solitude. To love makes one solitary (Goodreads 2014) but loneliness never belongs to true love. Love is only about the past or present, but true love is the one extending to the future, isn’t it?
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