Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity

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EIGHT
St. Virginia's Epistle to an English Gentleman
Sex, Violence, and the Public Sphere in Three Guineas

Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his
head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled
dishonors her head.… For a man ought not to cover his head, since he
is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.

—St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians 11:4–7

We can see the educated man's daughter, as she issues from… the pri-
vate house, and stands on the bridge which lies between the old world
and the new, and asks, as she twirls the sacred coin in her hand, "What
shall I do with it? What do I see with it?"… Let us… lay before you
a photograph… of your world as it appears… through the shadow
of the veil that St. Paul still lays upon our eyes; from the bridge which
connects the private house with the world of public life.

—Woolf, Three Guineas

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