Monday, September 29, 2008

Piccadilly Circus

"The motor car with its blinds dran and an air of inscrutable reserve proceeded towards Piccadilly..." (pg. 16)

Piccadilly Circus is a busy traffic and shopping area located at the junction of five major streets. The name refers to a fancy ruffled collar, a piccadil, made famous by a tailor who lived in the area. The circus part simply refers to how the modern traffic is now directed around the area. Woolf uses Piccadilly as a place where hundreds of people come together no matter what class they are from, showing contrast and similarities between such characters as Clarissa (upper class) to the Smiths (working class).


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