Septimius Warren Smith, aged about thirty, pale-faced, beak-nosed, wearing brown shoes and a shabby overcoat, with hazel eyes which had that look of apprehension in them which makes complete strangers apprehensive too. The world has raised its whip; where will it descend (Woolf 14).\x0d\x0a\x0d\x0aHaving shell-shock from WWI during the 1920’s was something that no one can understand unless they were actually in the war. Something as simple as walking down a street was hard to do because you never know what sound you might hear that may relate to a sound from the war. Septimius was so heavily impacted by the war that he was experiencing paranoia. During this era, paranoia due to shell-shock was something that nobody could understand because they thought if you didn’t have a physical illness than your illness doesn’t exist. According Winter states “shell-shock’ was a term of mediation, but one with a quicksilver and shifting character. It stood between soldiers who saw combat and physicians behind the lines who rarely did, between pensioners and medical boards, between veterans and families often unable to comprehend the nature of the injuries that men bore with them in later years ( Winter 2). “ During this scene in the book, Septimius is walking down a London street with his wife where he is having an episode of paranoia. Septimius wife is unable to help him because of her lack of understanding the nature of his illness. Due to developing shell-shock during WII, there was a lack of knowledge and technology in order to develop an understanding of the illness. When it comes to shell-shock, there can be many triggers. Septimius was seen to be trigger  just by doing a daily activity of walking down the street because of his paranoia due to having shell shock.\x0d\x0a\x0d\x0a \x0d\x0a\x0d\x0aWinter, Jay. “Shell-Shock and the Cultural History of the Great War.” Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 35, no. 1, 2000, pp. 7–11. JSTOR, JSTOR,