This is beautiful short essay from Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf was an excellent English writer raised in a remarkable household. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was an author and historian, and he was one of the most prominent figures in the golden age of mountaineering. Julia Prinsep Stephen,Woolf’s mother, had been born in India and later served as a model for several Pre-Raphaelite painters. Virginia Woolf’s parents had been married and widowed before marrying each other. They had eight children who lived under one roof at 22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington.
Two brothers of Virginia Woolf had been educated at Cambridge, but all the girls were taught at home. Moreover, Woolf’s parents were extremely well connected, both socially and artistically. Her father was a friend to William Thackeray and George Henry Lewes, as well as many other noted thinkers.
This is our 1st lecture in which Virginia Woolf shares the personal experience of watching The Eclipse. She tells us the whole scene and incident of full eclipse with us and tells us how people were moving towards Euston Railway Station to reach the destination for the best moment of Eclipse. Every body was moving with his own vehicle and transport source to north. It was dawn and there was no sleep and no fixity in the night.
People were very anxious and all were moving to the the hilltop see view the best scene of their life. All the people from all over the England gathered on the hilltop and stood in a straight line seemed to be statues standing on the edge of the world. Light gleamed and peered over the rim of the clouds. The sun raced towards the point where eclipse had to take place. But the clouds were impeding it. The sun with a tremendous speed endeavored to escape the mist. At some point it came forth then again was shrouded by the fleecy clouds.