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by Virginia Woolf

Orlando Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #10

But everywhere were little lavender bags to keep the moth out and printed notices, 'Please do not touch', which, though she had put them there herself, seemed to rebuke her. The house was no longer hers entirely, she sighed. It belonged to time now; to history; was past the touch and control of the living. (6.81)

That fact that the house is now a museum marks an important step in Orlando’s development, as she must now leave her house in the past, which implies that she is now looking towards the future. Despite having set up the museum herself, the building is now inaccessible to her when it used to be familiar.

Quote #11

So she sat at the end of the gallery with her dogs couched round her, in Queen Elizabeth's hard armchair. The gallery stretched far away to a point where the light almost failed. It was as a tunnel bored deep into the past. As her eyes peered down it, she could see people laughing and talking […] The long gallery filled itself thus, and still peering further, she thought she could make out at the very end, beyond the Elizabethans and the Tudors, some one older, further, darker, a cowled figure, monastic, severe, a monk, who went with his hands clasped, and a book in them, murmuring--

Like thunder, the stable clock struck four. Never did any earthquake so demolish a whole town. The gallery and all its occupants fell to powder. (6.82 – 6.83)

Although Orlando’s memories are particularly vivid, she must inevitably be recalled to the present moment.

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