These are the short stories out of which Woolf eventually fashioned her famous novel. the give a really interesting insight into what Mrs Dalloway was all about, and what Woolf was about more generally. Yet Woolf wrote extensively on how she perceived of the modern novel, as opposed to what she derided as the turgid thing of her immediate predecessors, against which she and other modernists defined themselves: the novel of the Edwardian writers, where characters trudged dutifully through their stories. How, Woolf and her fellow modernist writers wondered, could the moment to moment of human experience be accurately rendered? These stories are beautiful examples of how brief moments can shine.