Underground Flower with Badly Damaged Leather Legging
Now she walks across the field with a swing, nonchalantly, to deceive us. Then she comes to the dip; she thinks she is unseen;
she begins to run with her fists clenched in front of her. Her nails meet in the ball of her pocket-handkerchief.
She is making for the beech woods out of the light. She spreads her arms as she comes to them and takes to the shade like a swimmer.
But she is blind after the light and trips and flings herself down on the roots under the trees, where the light seems to pant in and out, in and out. The branches heave up and down. There is agitation and trouble here. There is gloom. The light is fitful. There is anguish here. The roots make a skeleton on the ground, with dead leaves heaped in the angles.
Susan has spread her anguish out. Her pocket-handkerchief is laid on the roots of the beech trees and she sobs, sitting crumpled where she has fallen.
Selections by Badly Damaged Leather Legging and Torre Alain
Text: Virginia Woolf