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Night and Day (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

An extended missed masterpiece, Night and Day unearths Virginia Woolf’s mastery of the normal English novel. With its vintage comedian constitution, minutely saw characters, and mild irony, Woolf’s moment novel has invited comparability to the works of Shakespeare, Mozart, and Jane Austen.

Set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contrasts the lives of 2 pals, Katherine Hilbery and Mary Datchet. Katherine is the bored, pissed off granddaughter of an eminent English poet. She lives at her parents’ domestic and is engaged to a prig who exemplifies the stultifying existence from which she needs to be loose, until eventually she meets a potential road of get away within the individual of Ralph Denham. Mary Datchet, however, represents a substitute for marriage— -- she has been to varsity, lives on her personal, and unearths success in operating for the women’s rights movement.

As the tale dances delightfully one of the novel’s brilliantly drawn characters, critical questions about the character of romance come up. Is love genuine or illusory? Can love and marriage coexist? Is love important for happiness?

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Judging by her hair, her colouring, and the shape of her features, she was striking, if not actually beautiful. Decision and composure stamped her, a combination of qualities that produced a very marked character, and one that was not calculated to put a young man, who scarcely knew her, at his ease. For the rest, she was tall; her dress was of some quiet colour, with old yellow-tinted lace for ornament, to which the spark of an ancient jewel gave its one red gleam. Denham noticed that, although silent, she kept sufficient control of the situation to answer immediately her mother appealed to her for help, and yet it was obvious to him that she attended only with the surface skin of her mind.

Decision and composure stamped her, a combination of qualities that produced a very marked character, and one that was not calculated to put a young man, who scarcely knew her, at his ease. For the rest, she was tall; her dress was of some quiet colour, with old yellow-tinted lace for ornament, to which the spark of an ancient jewel gave its one red gleam. Denham noticed that, although silent, she kept sufficient control of the situation to answer immediately her mother appealed to her for help, and yet it was obvious to him that she attended only with the surface skin of her mind.

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