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Mon Aug 10 11:41:05 EDT 2015
And in the cited passage from Orlando, this love-letter of a parody biography, Woolf is playing with Vita's name, since "vita" is Latin for "life"--"Vita, Vita, Vita!" indeed!
Let us go, then, exploring, this summer morning, when all are adoring the plum blossom and the bee. And humming and hawing, let us ask of the starling [ . . . ] what he may think on the brink of the dust bin, whence he picks among the sticks combings of scullion’s hair. What’s life, we ask, leaning on the farmyard gate; Life, Life, Life! cries the bird, as if he had heard. (199, Harcourt, ed. DiBattista)
Marcia Day Childress, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Education
Director, Programs in Humanities
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800761
Charlottesville VA 22908-0761
Email: woolf at virginia.edu OR mdf4e at virginia.edu
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