Archive for June, 2012

Blog #54: From Names and Lighthouses to Leslie Stephen walking with Father Vincent McNabb

Tweet“Buy boots you can walk in. Walk in them. Even if you lessen the income of the General Omnibus Company, or your family doctor; you will discover the human foot. On discovering it, your joy will be as great as if you had invented it. But this joy is the greatest, because no human invention [...]

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Blog #53: Virginia’s Lighthouses and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Marie Carmichael Stopes, E. M. Forster, and Sir Walter Scott.

TweetI meant nothing by the lighthouse. One has to have a central line down the middle of the book to hold the design together. I saw that all sorts of feelings would accrue to this, but I refused to think them out, and trusted that people would make it the deposit for their own emotions [...]

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Blog #52: Charles Sorley and William Sorley in To the Lighthouse

Tweet“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare’s plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers [...]

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Blog #51:Fluid, Gas, and Light–Baron Rayleigh, William Ramsay, E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf

TweetMy obsession with To the Lighthouse names continues, this time with names of some of the minor characters. Today’s blog will look at possible antecedents for Rayley, Macalister, Sorley, and McNab. Taken individually, the connections I make might seem somewhat tendentious, a case of finding what I set to find, yet taken collectively—and remembering some [...]

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Blog #50: Name Games–A Christening Recap of Lily Briscoe, Charles Tansley, and others.

TweetThis blog is cribbed from several previous blogs, and it is accordingly lengthy. I have further thoughts about the value of speculating on names in Virginia, and this recap will set the groundwork for those speculations. On a personal note, I am now in Saskatoon, having spent a glorious weekend in the Leader and Kyle [...]

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