“Yes, and by four o’clock I meant the four o’clock that arrives almost five hours from now, now being exactly eight minutes past eleven. The twelve-thirty train would get you to London a few minutes past one. The two-thirty would deposit you back here just after three, quite promptly and safely, with the tea and ginger in hand. Am I miscalculating?” (86).
This passage shows the importance of time in the novel. Virginia places importance on Nelly being able to accomplish everything by a certain time. Virginia feels as though she has the power to control time by deciding which train to take and how much time there is remaining. By being able to control time, Virginia believes she is able to control her life as well because life is the passing of time.