chapter  3
12 Pages

Night and Day

Unlike The Voyage Out, Woolf’s second novel, Night and Day (1919), confines its action largely to an urban setting-London and its environs in the early years of the twentieth century. This unusually long work, widely considered Woolf’s most conventional novel,1 is written in the genre of the novel of manners and is concerned with sorting out the fates of five relatively young people whose misperceptions about each other and lack of self-knowledge result in mismatches that are eventually dissolved. New, more promising couplings emerge, resulting in two imminent marriages as the novel slowly moves towards its comedic conclusion. The novel consists largely of the principal characters’ visits to each other’s rooms or houses, the narrator’s presentation of their thoughts and feelings, and their drawing room conversations, where dialogue rather than deeds or external events advances the action.