to waste time pleasantly.

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Melancholy diminishes as I write.  Why then don’t I write it down oftener?  Well, one’s vanity forbids.  I want to appear a success even to myself.  Yet I don’t get to the bottom of it.  It’s having no children, living away from friends, failing to write well, spending too much on food, growing old.  I think too much of whys and wherefores; too much of myself.  I don’t like time to flat round me.  Well then, work.  Yes, but I so soon tire of work – can’t read more than a little, an hour’s writing is enough for me.  Out here no one comes in to waste time pleasantly.  If they do, I’m cross.  The labour of going to London is too great.  Nessa’s children grow up, and i can’t have them in to tea, or go to the Zoo.

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text from Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary

photographs taken with a Minolta X-700 in Paris, France

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