[R] Virginia Woolf and R

Andrew Criswell andy at arcriswell.com
Sat Dec 2 20:16:05 CET 2000

For all of you who have reached R, here's Virgina Woolf on the subject:

"It was a splendid mind. For if thought is like the keyboard of a piano,
divided into so many notes, or like the alphabet is ranged in twenty-six
letters all in order, then his splendid mind had no sort of difficulty in
running over those letters one by one, firmly and accurately, until it had
reached the letter Q. He reached Q. Very few people in the whole of England
reach the letter Q.... But after Q? What comes next?... Still, if he could
reach R it would be something. Here at least was Q. He dug his heels in at
Q. Q he was sure of. Q he could demonstrate. If Q then is Q--R--.... "Then
R..." He braced himself. He clenched himself....

"...In that flash of darkness he heard people saying--he was a failure--that
R was beyond him. He would never reach R. On to R, once more. R---....

"...He had not genius; he had no claim to that: but he had, or he might have
had, the power to repeat every letter of the alphabet from A to Z accurately
in order. Meanwhile, he stuck at Q. On then, on to R."

Virginia Woolf
"To The Lighthouse"

All the best,

Professor of Finance
Graduate School, Bangkok University

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