Daily Dash of Romance vol. 4

Virginia Woolf is one of my favorite writers and To the Lighthouse is my favorite book of hers. It’s not expressly a love story, but there is romance flowing across every page, to and from each one of the characters, often showing up in the most surprising places. I am always in awe of Woolf’s ability to jump in one character’s mind one paragraph, then leave it to enter another character’s mind in the next. She writes a killer dinner party scene.

Megan and Me at my wedding--best friends since the age of 3!

My closest friend Megan (some of you may have heard me speak about how Lucinda was based in part on her) read this passage from the point of view of Lily Briscoe at my wedding:

“What art was there to love, by which one pressed through into secret chambers? What device for becoming, like waters poured into one jar, inextricably the same, one with the object one adored? Could the body achieve, or the mind, subtly mingling in the intricate passages of the brain? Or the heart? Could loving make them one? For it was not knowledge, but unity that was desired, not inscriptions on tablets, nothing that could be written in any language known to man, but intimacy itself–which is knowledge.”

Feel free to share your favorite romantic passage from a novel below!

Until tomorrow,

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  1. Just thought I’d list a few of my favourite quotes about love, haha 🙂
    1. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight; for I never saw true beauty till this night (Romeo and Juliet).
    2. Love is a fire that burns unseen,
    A wound that aches yet isn’t felt,
    An always discontent contentment,
    A pain that rages without hurting,
    A longing for nothing but to long,
    A loneliness in the midst of people,
    A never feeling pleased when pleased,
    A passion that gains when lost in thought.
    (Luis Vaz De Candes, Amor E Fogo Que Arde Semse Ver).
    And of course most of the quotes from your books! This one a take a particular liking to…
    3. I’ll love you with all my heart, in every life, through every death. I will not be bound by anything but my love for you.

    And many many more 🙂 xxx

  2. Has to be this one:
    ‘Elizabeth was much too embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.” Elizabeth feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand, that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure, his present assurances.’

    Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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