Virginia Woolf in London - 25 October, 1920

from The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.2, 1920-1924, page 72:

Why is life so tragic; so like a little strip of pavement over an abyss.  I look down; I feel giddy; I wonder how I am ever to walk to the end. But why do I feel this? Now that I say it I don't feel it. The fire burns; we are going to hear the Beggar's Opera.  Only it lies about me; I can't keep my eyes shut.  It's a feeling of impotence: of cutting no ice.

cite as

Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.2, 1920-1924 (:London, 1978), p. 72. accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: London


Virginia Woolf

Listening to

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The Beggars Opera
written by John Gay
performed by Giles Playfair

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 October, 1920
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:28:42 +0100
Approved on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:34:34 +0000