Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Redacted Proposal: February 17, 2016

February 19th, 1909
Lytton Strachey to Leonard Woolf

The day before yesterday I proposed to Virginia.  As I did it, I saw that it would be death if she accepted me, and I managed, of course, to get out of it before the end of the conversation. . . . I think there’s no doubt whatever that you ought to marry her.  You would be great enough and you’ll have the immense advantage of physical desire. . .. If you came and proposed she’ld accept.  She really would.  (Spotts 147)

Marriage, the art of choosing the human being with whom to live life successfully (Three Guineas)

On February 17th 1909, Lytton Strachey proposed to Virginia Stephen. And immediately retracted his proposal.

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