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The Mark on the Wall

Yoav Rosen On:

The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf

Soft yellow sunlight strolling on the pages of a book; a glass bowl with chrysanthemums lying in it; rich tablecloths, decorated with small, yellow compartments of tapestry; a tree just outside, gently touching the window pane… English country life may be well-organized and remarkably pleasant.

Meditating on the exterior as well as on the interior, in “The Mark on the Wall” Virginia Woolf shows how the easy-going and remarkably pleasant become strange and disturbing.

Does our mind work like… like what, then? And what is that mark on the wall?