Virginia Woolf in Hampstead - 24 April, 1919

from The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, pages 267-268:

On Easter Monday we went up to visit the Murrys & see Hampstead Heath.  Our verdict was that the crowd at close quarters is detestable; it smells; it sticks; it has neither vitality nor colour; it is a tepid mass of flesh scarcely organised into human life.  How slow they walk! How passively and brutishly they lie on the grass!  How little of pleasure or pain is in them! But they looked well dressed & well fed; & at a distance among the canary coloured swings & roundabouts they had the look of a picture...Yet the sight had its charm: I liked the bladders, …   more >>

cite as

Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, volume 1 (Harmondsworth, 1979), p. 267-268. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Hampstead


Virginia Woolf

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 April, 1919
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:06:51 +0100
Approved on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:56:34 +0000