“the thing that endures”

“Everything seemed possible. Everything seemed right. Just now…. just now she had reached security; she hovered like a hawk suspended; like a flag floated in an element of joy which filled every nerve of her body fully and sweetly, not noisily, solemnly rather, for it arose, she thought, looking at them all eating there, from husband and children and friends; all of which rising in this profound stillness… seemed now for no special reason to stay there like a smoke, like a fume rising upwards, holding them safe together. Nothing need be said; nothing could be said. There it was, all around them. It partook… of eternity… There is a coherence in things; a stability; something, she meant, is immune from change, and shines out… in the face of the flowing, the fleeting, the spectral, like a ruby….. Of such moments, she thought, the thing is made that endures.”

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf


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