Monday, May 25, 2020

Getting out of one's chair in Virginia Woolf short stories – or not

In Virginia Woolf's "The Mark on the Wall", the narrator never gets up from her chair to identify that mark. In "The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection", "one" also never gets up to see outside without the help of the mirror. But in "A Haunted House", "one" puts down one's book and gets up to see what's haunting the house. If this search is at first as fruitless as the narrator of "The Mark on the Wall" expects such projects to be, a first-person speaker later wakes up and understands what the ghosts were communicating to her. An answer is found – but not because one gets up from one's chair. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 25 May)

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