March 24, 2012

Suicide Note

(Virginia Woolf's suicide note to her husband Leonard)

'Dearest, I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer.
I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been.


Blogger Samantha Chu Ramage. said...

such a beautiful letter to such a tragic end. have you read the hours?


March 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

No, I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading Woolf. I look forward to and will add it to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation.

March 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

btw I love your blog!

March 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM  

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