By Virginia Woolf
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None seeing, none caring. The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. Air above, air below. And the moon and immortality. . Oh, but I drop to the turf! Are you down too, you in the corner, what’s your name—woman—Minnie Marsh; some such name as that? There she is, tight to her blossom; opening her hand–bag, from which she takes a hollow shell—an egg—who was saying that eggs were cheaper? You or I? Oh, it was you who said it on the way home, you remember, when the old gentleman, suddenly opening his umbrella—or sneezing was it?
Still by running she can reach home. She pushes through the glass swing door. It’s sale–time. Shallow trays brim with ribbons. She pauses, pulls this, fingers that with the raised roses on it—no need to choose, no need to buy, and each tray with its surprises. “We don’t shut till seven,” and then it is seven. She runs, she rushes, home she reaches, but too late. Neighbours—the doctor—baby brother—the kettle—scalded—hospital— dead—or only the shock of it, the blame? Ah, but the detail matters nothing!
Face it, be it! For God’s sake don’t wait on the mat now! There’s the door! I’m on your side. Speak! Confront her, confound her soul! “Oh, I beg your pardon! Yes, this is Eastbourne. I’ll reach it down for you. ” [But, Minnie, though we keep up pretences, I’ve read you right—I’m with you now]. ” (But why do you look about you? Hilda don’t come to the station, nor John; and Moggridge is driving at the far side of Eastbourne). “I’ll wait by my bag, ma’am, that’s safest. He said he’d meet me. . Oh, there he is!
A Haunted House and Other Short Stories by Virginia Woolf