9 March - Vita Sackville-West's birthday: the book of Revelations


"I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn't even feel it. And yet I believe you'll be sensible of a little gap. But you'd clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become."

Vita Sackville-West in a letter to Virginia Woolf, Jan. 21, 1926

A second girl child will be named Dora.

We've visited Sissinghurst on several occasions. I wouldn't mind getting married in its White Garden.

I own several books on the Bloomsberries.

2 messages:

Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful letter! Good that people could write like that back then. Would be considered OTT if, say, I wrote something like that to someone in this day and age.

Lula de Montes said...

I have, in the last twelve months, translated a letter from a woman to a man, which was effusive to say the least. It was her last, parting shot, at a relationship doomed to fail. These letters are still being written, but email is the wrong medium for them.

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