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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Plot Outline for The Voyage Out

Plot Outline  for The Voyage Out
(pg numbers refer to American Harcourt ed. (1948)

CHAPTER I
9                Ambroses on Embankment; board ship; meet Rachel, Willoughby
CHAPTER II
24             Shipboard: Mr. Pepper: Mrs. Chailey. leaving flowers in England. Embroidery . Rachel’s education
CHAPTER III
38             Shipboard: Lisbon, Dalloways. Literary talk
CHAPTER IV
53             Shipboard: Clarissa and Mr. Grice the Steward. R and C talk; R talks politics with Richard D
CHAPTER V
70             Shipboard: first storm; Richard kisses R (76); R’s dream
CHAPTER VI
78             Shipboard: Dalloways depart; R and Helen discuss men. H invites R to stay wi her. Father selfish
CHAPTER VII
87             Arrive at Santa Marina—villa and garden
CHAPTER VIII
95             SM: three months in villa; R and H secretly visit hotel, see Hewet
CHAPTER IX
103           Hotel: Miss Allen, Susan Warrington, Hirst and Hewet. Morning: Mrs. Elliot, Mrs. Thornbury, Mrs. Paley. Mr. Venning. Ridley Ambrose to hotel
CHAPTER X
123           Rachel’s private room, Ibsen, Meredith. Invitation to picnic. Expedition to Monte Rosa. View of forest. Picnic, ants
CHAPTER XI.
136           Susan and Arthur wander off, proposal. R&T see them embracing. Hirst and Helen talk. Tea.  Fireworks
CHAPTER XII
150           dance at hotel to celebrate engagement. Hirst putting R down. Hewet sympathetic. Rachel plays and they invent dances; dance till dawn
CHAPTER XIII
170           Rachel begins reading Gibbon.  Encounter wi tree (174) , red flowers, yellow butterfly
CHAPTER XIV
177           Mail from England; moth. Terence spies on Rachel in villa, talks to Ev Murg abt love (multiple proposals)
CHAPTER XV
195           various visitors, tea wi Flushings in garden; Hirst and Helen in garden
CHAPTER XVI
210           R +T go for a walk looking over ocean; discuss lives; first names
CHAPTER XVII                                                                                               
220           summer; visitors; church; lunch wi Mrs. Flushing; planning river trip. Hewett jealous
CHAPTER XVIII
240           Terence thinking about marriage
CHAPTER XIX
245           Rachel talking to Evelyn Murgatroyd, jealous; believes in everything; kill chickens in garden; dressing Miss Allen river plan
CHAPTER XX
264           set off upriver; R+T walk into jungle & declare love
CHAPTER XXI
277           next day sailing up river; village; wrestling with Helen; discuss marriage with Helen
CHAPTER XXII
290           R+T seek solitude; thinking abt returning to London;
CHAPTER XXIII
304           gossip btw H and St. John; prostitute thrown out.  T bullies R into going to hotel.
CHAPTER XXIV
313           T falls asleep; Mrs Allen finishes book; Hughling Elliot ill; Evelyn’s plans; Susan and Arthur
CHAPTER XXV
326           Heat; T reading aloud to R from Comus; R sick, dream of deformed women; T shares her peace before she dies. Cries out “Rachel! Rachel!”
CHAPTER XXVI
355           News of R’s death spreads thru hotel; Mr. Perrott proposes to Evelyn again in the garden
CHAPTER XXVII

368           Storm arrives; trapped moth.  Storm ends—Hirst half-asleep.

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