Moments of Being: Unpublished Autobiographical Writings
In Woolfs autobiographical writing, the truth about her childhood is revealed. After her mother and half-sister died, Virginia and her older sister Vanessa were expected to preside over the family tea table at 22 Hyde Park Gate in London. Vanessa was the first to rebel against this inherited rolepart slave, part angel. Instead she attended the Slade School of Fine Art and cultivated a deep inner life, which Virginia describes in her memoir:
Virginia was not as successful in thwarting her familys expectations and her half brothers sexual advances. She concludes the memoir by saying: George Duckworth was not only father and mother, brother and sister to those poor Stephen girls; he was their lover also.
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