To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse Part 3, Chapter 8 Summary
- The world stands still for Cam as they wait for a breeze to fill their sail. They are miles from shore and miles from the Lighthouse.
- Mr. Ramsay is reading like he wants sympathy. This irritates James. He wants to take a knife and plunge it into his father’s heart. Still James the Ruthless.
- Since he’s grown older, James has realized that it’s not his father that he wants to kill, but essentially the tyrannical, nasty moods that descend upon his father.
- James is often beginning to feel, however, that only he and his father understand one other.
- James absorbs himself in memories.
- He thinks of his mother, and how she alone spoke the truth, and to her alone could he speak the truth.
- James feels powerless and miserable, but at that moment the sail fills with wind and the boat moves on.
- Mr. Ramsay barely moves.
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