Monday, January 14, 2013

Virginia Woolf - Accelerator but No brakes

The extract below is from Quentin Bell's biography of Virginia.
"This was one of the difficulties of living with Virginia; her imagination was furnished with an accelerator and no brakes; it flew rapidly ahead, parting company with reality, and, when reality happened to be a human being, the result could be appalling for the person who found himself expected to live up to the character that Virginia had invented. But even when reality happened to be an umbrella it could cause havoc."

My view is that this is a bit overstated. One of the beauties of VW's writings is her very imagination...