Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

70 Handwritten: December 5, 1931

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

70 Handwritten: December 5, 1931

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Crouch Farm House,

Crouch.

5th Dec. 1931.

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

Do not feel because I am writing again that you need trouble to answer me, but I want to tell you what deep pleasure your letter gave me. It has made me so happy to know I can express what I feel about your work, which I admire so greatly.

We cannot understand any one having been made ill by The Waves. Brian and I read it solidly for hours each day until we had finished it, we were so absorbed. Mother read it in smaller doses because her only time for reading is in bed before she goes to sleep. One can only think something must have been the matter with the people who read it and became ill, for we are convinced it was not the book. I found its very concentrated essence a stimulation; [--] and concentration, which was so penetrating, seemed to flow with the smoothness of water itself.

It is most kind of you to say you will try and borrow a copy of On Being Ill for me sometime.

I am so sorry you have been ill in bed; you must take great care of yourself. If ever you wished to escape from responsibility and have a few days rest, we should always welcome you here; and of course we'd ask no one else in all the time and give you a quiet time with walks around here. …

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