Special Sub-Topic: The Hours
|Clarissa Vaughn steps out from her hopelessly tasteless apartment building to a new day bursting with morning sun. Clarissa intends to buy flowers for her friend Richard's party. What kind of flowers does Clarissa purchase that morning? |
yellow roses. Clarissa is buying yellow roses for Richard's big party celebrating his winning of a very distinguished literary award.
|Virginia Woolf has awaken in her bedroom at Hogarth House bursting with fresh ideas for the novel she is writing, "Mrs. Dalloway". Virginia quietly creeps down the stairs so that her maid will not hear her and ruin her concentration with complaints. What is the name of Virginia's maid?|
Nelly. Virginia doesn't like to eat breakfast (or any other meal for that matter) and tries to avoid Nelly's scolding.
|Laura Brown is sitting in bed reading Mrs. Dalloway. Today is her husband's birthday and she knows she should be downstairs making breakfast, but can't bring herself to do it in her pregnant state. Laura concludes that she will make it up to her husband by making what for him?|
A birthday cake. Laura tries to make the perfect cake for her husband, Dan. On her first effort she is dissatisfied and throws the whole thing in the garbage. On the second try she accepts it but is not happy with it.
|Richard, a talented poet and author, is dying from what tragic illness?|
AIDS. Richard is fading fast from AIDS.
|Virginia's sister is coming at 4 o'clock for tea. Virginia insists that there must be china tea and ginger because she has not had her sister over in more than a fortnight. What is the name of Virginia's sister?|
Vanessa. Vanessa is coming for tea with the children. However, to Virginia's dissaproval Vanessa is considerably early.
|Laura gets into her car and drives. She has left her son with Mrs. Latch and is driving nowhere in particular, just a place where she can sit and read her copy of Mrs. Dalloway. Eventually, Laura heads into L.A. and rents a room at which hotel?|
The Normandy. Laura decides to get a room at the Normandy because it has such a serene looking courtyard where she can sit and read her book.
|After lunch with famous actor, Oliver St. Ives, Sally and Walter Hardy go into a little designer boutique. As Sally watches Walter look at silk blouses for his boyfriend she is overcome with an urge to be with Clarissa. Sally tells Walter that she must leave as he is paying for the blouse. What color blouse did Walter buy?|
navy blue. Walter and Sa;lly noticed these blouses as they were walking back from lunch. Walter prefered the navy blue blouse to the tangerine and green (there wasn't a plum-colored one).
|The headaches have started again and the voices continue in the back of Virginia's head. She continues walking to the river thinking of Leonard, Vanessa, and the letters she left for them. She is sure of what she must do. Virginia picks up and object and places it in the pocket of her heavy coat and wades into the river. What object did Virginia place in her pocket?|
a stone. Virginia places a stone into the pocket of her coat. Virginia puts the stone in her pocket to weigh her down when the river current envelopes her.
|Clarissa was with Richard just moments ago and now he is gone, he is dead. Richard took his own life in fear of the hours that lay ahead of him in his illness. How did Richard commit suicide?|
jumped from his window. As Clarissa entered his apartment she noticed that all the curtains were open and Richard was sitting on the ledge of his window. He told Clarissa that he didn't think that anyone could have been happier then they were together and slides off the windowsill.
|The most important thing about this piece of literature is the connections. Virginia Woolf wrote Mrs. Dalloway, Clarissa Vaughn lived the life of Mrs. Dalloway and Laura Brown was reading Mrs. Dalloway, a novel that inspired her to be more then she was. There is still one more connection however. What is the connection between Richard and Laura Brown?|
mother and son. At the end we discover that Laura Brown was Richard's mother, a woman he mentioned so often in his poems, a woman he loved and dispised at the same time.
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