“I simply adore Virginia Woolf, and so would you. You would fall quite flat before her charm and personality…. Mrs Woolf is so simple: she does give the impression of something big. She is utterly unaffected…. At first you think she is plain, then a sort of spiritual beauty imposes itself on you, and you find a fascination in watching her…. She is both detached and human, silent till she wants to say something, and then says it supremely well. She is quite old. I’ve rarely taken such a fancy to anyone, and I think she likes me. At least she’s asked me to Richmond where she lives. Darling, I have quite lost my heart.
[Vita Sackville-West’s letter to her husband Harold Nicolson, dated 19 December 1922, a few days after her first meeting with Virginia Woolf]