Perpetual GivingIn her time, Virginia Woolf struggled with stereotypical expectations of women and the expression of truth as a writer.  These challenges congealed into a phantom Woolf called “The Angel in the House,” after the character in a well known poem of the day.

“I will describe her as shortly as I can.  She was intensely sympathetic.  She was immensely charming.  She was utterly unselfish.  She excelled in the difficult arts of family life.  She sacrificed herself daily.  If there was a chicken, she took the leg; if there was draught she sat in it – in short she was so constituted that she never had a mind or a wish of her own, but preferred to sympathize always with the minds and wishes of others.”

The Angel in the House tormented Woolf whenever she began to write, coaxing her to:

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