In The Well-Educated Mind Susan Wise Bauer has an annotated list of the novels. Fearful of spoilers, I avoid this list until after I have completed a book, then I scoop up my WEM copy and devour SWB’s synopsis. Have you read her summary of Mrs. Dalloway? Allow me to share a little.
But the story actually takes place not in the physical world, but in a different kind of universe: a mental reality, where the laws that given time and space are different, where characters who never meet in person intersect, mysteriously, in their thoughts…
Yep. We’re in agreement. Definitely “a mental reality”.
The quote continues.
and where Septimus and Clarissa, unacquainted with each other, are mirror images.
Hold the phone! Really? Mirror images?
Party-planning lady? Suicide-committing man?
Septimus is unable to cope with disrupted, shattered, post-World War I England; Clarissa Dalloway survives, but only because she refuses to think deeply… (The Well-Educated Mind, page 103)
Mirror images, huh. This I will have to ponder.
Do you agree with SWB?