‘The Lady in the Looking-glass: some Reflections’
a token of some real thing behind appearances; and I make it real by putting it into words. It is only by putting it into words that I make it whole; this wholeness means that it has lost its power to hurt me; it gives me, perhaps because by doing so I take away the pain, a great delight to put the severed parts together.
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- 1.Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being: Unpublished Autobiographical Writings, ed. Jeanne Schulkind (London, 1976) pp. 69–72.Google Scholar
- 2.Ibid., p. 222.Google Scholar
- 3.James Naremore, The World Without a Self: Virginia Woolf and the Novel (New Haven, Conn., 1973) rightly notes (p. 74), in quoting from ‘Modern Fiction’, that Woolf’s novels are not always clear about the distinction between ‘embrace’ and ‘create’.Google Scholar
- 4.28 Nov 1928, A Writer’s Diary, ed. Leonard Woolf (London, 1954) p. 139.Google Scholar
- 5.26 Nov 1926, ibid.Google Scholar
- 6.Cf. A. D. Moody, Virginia Woolf (London, 1963) p. 20: ‘she is shown to be of not much interest in herself; she has to offer only a sharp awareness of the surface of her world and its people. This makes her something of an animated mirror, having a life made up of the world she reflects. But to be and do that is precisely her function for the novel: she is a living image of the surface of society Virginia Woolf was concerned with.’Google Scholar