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  1. Jan 2019
    1. Two heads on one body do not make for length of life.

      very interesting and profound analogy.

    1. Are there no men present? Do you promise me that behind that red curtain over there the figure of Sir Charles Biron is not concealed? We are all women you assure me? Then I may tell you that the very next words I read were these —’Chloe liked Olivia . . . ’ Do not start. Do not blush. Let us admit in the privacy of our own society that these things sometimes happen. Sometimes women do like women.

      This is very interesting as in Woolf is making sure that there are no men present while talking about homosexuality.

    1. What one means by integrity, in the case of the novelist, is the conviction that he gives one that this is the truth.

      very interesting argument. The definition of "integrity" is defined very differently here.

    2. Men are the ‘opposing faction’; men are hated and feared, because they have the power to bar her way to what she wants to do—which is to write.

      And the women are the ones to hate and fear.

    1. is that any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village, half witch, half wizard, feared and mocked at.

      Wise women in history knew what kind of a situation they were in and would rather shoot themselves or just live an ordinary life than to try and fail, as they knew nothing would work.

    2. But by no possible means could middle-class women with nothing but brains and character at their command have taken part in any one of the great movements which, brought together, constitute the historian’s view of the past.

      Criticizes the point of view history has on women. Obviously, women with brains and nothing else could never take place in history, proving Woolf's point that women need to be rich to be in fictions.

    3. It was certainly an odd monster that one made up by reading the historians first and the poets afterwards a worm winged like an eagle; the spirit of life and beauty in a kitchen chopping up suet.

      Compare to poetry and literature, history facts make everything boring and the ugliness of life obvious.

    1. what is so unfortunate is that wise men never think the same thing about women. Here is Pope: Most women have no character at all. And here is La Bruyère: Les femmes sont extrêmes, elles sont meilleures ou pires que les hommes ——

      This shows the difference education and mindset make when it comes to people's opinions. Those who received education tend to look at things in a more overall aspect.

    1. ladies are only admitted to the library if accompanied by a Fellow of the College or furnished with a letter of introduction.

      social condition

    2. when a subject is highly controversial—and any question about sex is that—one cannot hope to tell the truth.

      This seems to be the true when it comes to real life - sometimes what people want to hear what they want to hear, not necessarily the truth, especially when the topics are complicated and sensitive.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. monotonous

      Lacking in variety.

    2. felicitating

      To compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.

    3. scrimmages

      A rough or vigorous struggle.

    4. He had, of course, dreamed of battles all his life—of vagueand bloody conflicts that had thrilled him with their sweepand fire. In visions he had seen himself in many struggles.

      It expresses his great desire of joining the army and fighting a battle. It also is a base of courage later.

    5. pompouslyto

      Very importantly

    6. “We’re goin’ t’ move t’ morrah

      It is an interesting way to express words.