[Vwoolf] Darlings, am I a snob?

Stuart N. Clarke stuart.n.clarke at btinternet.com
Sat Sep 15 11:55:15 EDT 2012

Swoon . . .

As I say, there's much more to be done.  Princess Mary pops up in "Mrs. 
Dalloway" as a symbol of the post-war world, because she is "married to an 


-----Original Message----- 
From: Adolphe Haberer
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 4:42 PM
To: Stuart N. Clarke ; vwoolf at lists.service.ohio-state.edu
Subject: Re: [Vwoolf] Darlings, am I a snob?

If Stuart wants to include VW's fiction in his
research, there is a discreet and rather elegant
reference to the Royal Family in chapter V of
Jacob's Room:

"The autumn season was in full swing. Tristan was twitching his rug up
under his armpits twice a week; Isolde waved her scarf in miraculous
sympathy with the conductor's baton. In all parts of the house were to
be found pink faces and glittering breasts. When a Royal hand attached
to an invisible body slipped out and withdrew the red and white bouquet
reposing on the scarlet ledge, the Queen of England seemed a name worth
dying for."


>We really must do more research on VW and the Royal Family.
>In "Street Haunting", when the narrator imagines being in Mayfair, she 
>concludes her reverie with "watching the moonlit cat creep along Princess 
>Mary's garden wall" (The Essays, Vol. IV, p. 486).
>Princess Mary and her husband Lord Lascelles did indeed live in Mayfair, in 
>Chesterfield House -- "where the famous letters were penned" (Ward, Lock 
>Guide to London, 1934, p. 129.  It was on the corner of South Audley Street 
>and Curzon Street, and was demolished in 1937.
>Another footnote is required.

Adolphe Haberer
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