Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

121 Handwritten: August 19, [1940]

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

121 Handwritten: August 19, [1940]

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August 19

Macootha

Ruiru

Kenya

Dear Mrs Woolf,

It is a year ago today since you wrote to me--a not-to-be-forgotten anniversary for me, and for you of course, an incident long since forgotten. It was written from Sussex with the filthy war only hovering and to fools like myself, a possibility from which the mind [turned?] back and would not contemplate.

I think of you constantly now; every day we hear of bombs being dropped in Sussex; we have even had two or three nightmare recordings of actual raids, and I wonder whether you are still there.

I have read somewhere that all kinds of precious things 'Old Masters' & the like have been pushed away into vaults for greater safety, but what is happening about the living 'Masters'? How can you think let alone write in the midst of all that infernal horror--but perhaps you have gone away, I hope so.

It is a useless, stupid waste that you should suffer these barbarities; you who have given and should be giving to countless people, the most lasting of pleasures a joy that can be returned to again & again and never fails to leave a deep content. …

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