While Lorelai and Emily are talking, Rory takes out a copy of this book, and reads it. It is the second work by Virginia Woolf we have seen Rory read – the first one being A Room of One’s Own.
Mrs Dalloway, published in 1925, is one of Woolf’s best known novels. Based on a short story she wrote called “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street”, it details one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a high-society woman, with the action taking place in June 1923. It is often compared with James Joyce’s Ulysses, another modernist work from the 1920s set on a single day in June, and this is a natural progression for Rory after reading the novel by Joyce.