Anika Sorenstam: Discover the Life of a Sports Star by David Armentrout

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During this time, Virginia was left in the care of Stella, a young woman, beautiful like her mother, but possessing a somewhat gentler temperament. She was well thought of, proper and caring, and in love with a young man named Jack Hills, who would later marry her—after a period of courtship frustrated initially by Stella’s devotion to Julia, and after her death, by the selfish machinations of Leslie Stephen, who did not want to lose his able housekeeper and sympathetic ear. For Virginia, the couple provided an early and idealistic view of love.

The excerpt suggests several things; obviously there is a history of abuse, and equally obvious is the kind of damage that it might do the psyche of Biography of Virginia Woolf 21 a small child. Later in life, Virginia would suffer from a reputation and, as her letters to Leonard suggest, a reality, as a sexually cold woman, as a shy spinster, a virginal goddess of sorts—and this talk came from her closest friends, including Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, and Vanessa Bell, among others. Additionally, the rhetoric is interesting in that Woolf uses the phrase “how it is wrong to allow them to be touched,” causing speculation as to whether Virginia blamed herself for the abuse, never fully blaming her half-brother until later in life via the memoir club, and even then, the ever-present bravado she showed in front of her witty friends may well have hidden a more private belief that she herself was partially to blame.

He was very silent and thin and odd.... Sydney-Turner was the most brilliant talker he knew because he always spoke the truth (Woolf, Moments, 187–189). On Thursday evenings, these men shuffled into the parlor, lowered themselves into assorted chairs, and waited for the conversation to turn in their direction. Topics were offered, then dropped after a moment, until someone would stumble onto a matter of ‘truth’ or ‘beauty,’ then the evening would begin to build as argument after argument formed, one on top of the other, until at the very crest of the talk, Saxon SydneyTurner declared the final word on the subject.

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