Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf.
On Feb. 19 I proposed to Virginia, and was accepted. It was an awkward moment, as you may imagine, especially as I realised, the very minute it was happening, that the whole thing was repulsive to me. Her sense was amazing, and luckily it turned out that she’s not in love. The result was that I was able to manage a fairly honorable retreat.
"She liked getting hold of some book, and keeping it to herself, and gnawing its contents in privacy, and pondering the meaning without sharing her thoughts with any one, or having to decide whether the book was a good one or a bad one."
Preparing for the Matinee by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1907 (detail)
Ménilmontant, Paris 1953 by Robert Doisneau
Claude Monet, Saint Lazare Train Station in Paris, 1877
"Why do you put your self esteem in the hands of complete strangers?"