A Poetics of Postmodernism and Neomodernism: Rewriting Mrs by Monica Latham (auth.)

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The main character of the short story, a Mr H. Z. Prentice, is having lunch in a restaurant in Leicester Square with several of his friends, among whom is a certain Septimus Smith. We first catch a glimpse of Septimus at the restaurant, among other secondary characters such as Emily Pincott, C. H. L. Baker, Mrs Lewis, Dora Jameson, J. Ellis Robertson; he is one of those who ‘often escape notice entirely; like those sea anemones which grow on the roofs of caves and are only seen when an explorer holds his torch right up’ (319).

That is all,’ she repeated, pausing for a moment at the window of a glove shop, where, before the War, you could buy almost perfect gloves. ] Gloves and shoes; she had a passion for gloves; but her own daughter, her Elizabeth, cared not a straw for either of them. (Mrs Dalloway 9) The author moves further and further away from ‘Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street’ in the sense that Mrs Dalloway is characterised by minimalist syntax, which is the reflection of the economy of narration she is aiming at establishing.

They successfully replace the longer explanations in the short story. The roundness of the complete sentences in ‘Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street’ is therefore shattered to give a more direct, quick, paratactic juxtaposition of jagged fragments and pieces of a puzzle, which slot themselves together by means of suppler articulations. Besides, the narrator reports the characters’ thoughts less in the final version: Clarissa’s perspective is favoured, which is instantly recorded as she looks around in the street, with less narrative guidance or intervention.

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