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Virginia Woolf To The Lighthouse Notes SETTING The novel is set on an island in the Hebrides a group of islands off the West Coast of and belonging to Scotland at the Ramseyss vacation house The novel is set in a ten year period with the first section and the bulk of the action taking place in one day before the war a middle period in which all action takes place off stage during the war and a last section taking place in one day after the war CHARACTERS Major Characters Mrs Ramsey A fifty year old mother of eight children and wife of a philosopher Lily Briscoe A guest to Mrs Ramsey A thirty-three year old single woman in the first section she is a painter She is forty-four years old in the last section Mr Ramsey A philosopher who studies the relation of the subject and object and the nature of reality over sixty in the first section almost seventy-five in the last section PLOT Virginia Woolfs To the Lighthouse is divided in to three parts In the first part The Window Woolf describes several people who are spending the day outside the Ramsey vacation house in the Hebrides Mrs Ramsey walks into town to visit a sick woman and takes Charles Tansley one of her husbands proteges with her Later she watches over her youngest son James as he looks through magazines and cuts out pictures of household appliances Still later she reads the Grimm fairytale The Fisherman and His Wife to her son Mr Ramsey walks through the garden in and out of sight muttering lines of poetry to himself He overhears Mrs Ramsey promising James
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