Mrs. Dalloway

Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts, Help Me, Help Me” and “M.L. and the Dead Pan”

Summary “Miss Lonelyhearts, Help Me, Help Me” A man works at the New York Post-Dispatch as an advice columnist to the despairing under the pen name “Miss Lonelyhearts.” His editor, a cynical older man named Shrike, has printed out a mock-prayer comparing Miss Lonelyhearts to Jesus Christ. The prayer sits on Miss Lonelyheartss desk. After …

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Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts and the Clean Old Man”

Summary Miss Lonelyhearts goes to the speakeasy and meets some friends, one of whom complains about the number of female writers in the world today. The others suggest rape as a solution, and tell stories of literary women who are put in their place by violent sex. Miss Lonelyhearts stops listening, thinking how his friends …

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Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts and the Lamb” and “M.L. and the Fat Thumb”

Summary “Miss Lonelyhearts and the Lamb” Miss Lonelyhearts returns home to his austere one-room apartment, where he has nailed a figure of Christ to the wall. In bed, he reads a passage about universal love from Dostoevskys novel The Brothers Karamazov. He considers the passage good advice and thinks that if he used it in …

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Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts on a Field Trip”

Summary Miss Lonelyhearts sits at his desk, thinking of scene involving grisly newspaper headlines and his readers, who spell out his name with clamshells. The co-worker who wrote Miss Lonelyheartss column yesterday, Goldsmith, comes over and shows him a letter from an “admirer.” It is from a thirty-two-year-old woman named Fay Doyle who says she …

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Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts in the Dismal Swamp” and “M.L. in the Country”

Summary “Miss Lonelyhearts in the Dismal Swamp” After Mrs. Doyle leaves, Miss Lonelyhearts gets sick. He imagines himself in a pawnshop full of “paraphernalia of suffering.” He muses that man has a tendency toward order while the physical world tends toward disorder. He assembles the objects in the imaginary pawnshop into various shapes, culminating in …

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Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts Returns,” “M.L. and the Cripple,” and “M.L. Pays a Visit”

Summary “Miss Lonelyhearts Returns” Miss Lonelyhearts and Betty return to the city a few days later. He knows he is not cured, as he has not been able to forget the letters. He watches the crowds in the streets, musing that men use dreams to defeat their misery but that dreams have been made “puerile” …

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Miss Lonelyhearts – “Miss Lonelyhearts Attends a Party,” “M.L. and the Party Dress,” and “M.L. Has a Religious Experience”

Summary “Miss Lonelyhearts Attends a Party” Miss Lonelyhearts has been in bed for three days, calmly eating crackers and smoking cigarettes. He falls asleep and is awoken by a knock at his door. He answers the door naked and finds five people standing outside, including two women who are scared off by his nakedness. The …

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