The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf:|
the hall which was now laid with great breadths of sunlight,
and at the careless, casual groups of people who were standing
beside the solid arm-chairs and tables. They looked to her unreal,
or as people look who remain unconscious that some great explosion
is about to take place beside them. But there was no explosion,
and they went on standing by the chairs and the tables. Mrs. Thornbury
no longer saw them, but, penetrating through them as though they
were without substance, she saw the house, the people in the house,
the room, the bed in the room, and the figure of the dead lying still
in the dark beneath the sheets. She could almost see the dead.
She could almost hear the voices of the mourners.