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To the Lighthouse

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To the Lighthouse first editionFirst edition
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Approx. 81,500 words

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"Yes, of course, if it's fine tomorrow," said Mrs. Ramsay.

— First line

Z is only reached once by one man, in a generation. Still, if he could reach R, it would be something. Here at least was Q. He dug his heels in at Q. Q he was sure of. Q he could demonstrate. If Q then is Q — R —

— Last line

It seemed to her such nonsense—inventing differences, when people, heaven knows, were different enough without that. The real differences, she thought, standing by the drawing-room window, are enough, quite enough.


Last line

Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.

— Last line


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