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Jayme Collins

Affiliation with UVic English: Undergraduate Student, B.A. Hons fourth year

Special Book: Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

When did you first read this book: I first read this book early on in high school on an uninformed impulse, not knowing what or who it was, and loved it so profoundly that I read more and more books until I eventually ended up in an English program.

Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?

“So on a summer’s day waves collect, overbalance, and fall; collect and fall; and the whole world seems to be saying ‘that is all’ more and more ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too, That is all. Fear no more, says the heart. Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall. And the body alone listens to the passing bee; the wave breaking; the dog barking, far away barking and barking.”

What does the sentence mean to you?

In these lines Woolf manages to encompass the distinct peace that can be found by listening to the world around, by becoming a small contingent part of that world. It is an understanding of the world and how to find peace within it that has lasted and echoed in my mind since I first read the book in high school.