Saturday, May 18, 2013

from 'Virginia Woolf,' Hermione Lee

Her writing in this biography is just so beautiful:

The first memory of this relationship, for both (Virginia and Vanessa), was of meeting in the dark secret space underneath the nursery table at Hyde Park Gate. "'Have black cats got tails?' she asked, and I said 'NO,' and was proud because she had asked me a question. Then we roamed off again into that vast space." In the earlier version of this, Virginia adds: "In future I suppose there was some consciousness between us that the other held possibilities." And this first memory is suggestive. The sisters confirmed each other's view of life in a secret space below and inside the life of the family. Virginia is characteristically proud of making an impression. There is freedom and space between them as they wander off again.