In the Orchard – Virginia Woolf

Rating: ★★

Miranda slept in the orchard, or was she asleep or was she not asleep? Her purple dress stretched between the two apple trees. There were twenty-four apple-trees in the orchard, some slanting slightly, others growing straight with a rush up the trunk which spread wide into branches and formed into round red or yellow drops. Each apple-tree had sufficient space. The sky exactly fitted the leaves.

It’s nice to read at least one Woolf short story every year. “The Orchard” was first published in the magazine The Criterion in April 1923. It blends elements of the unconsciousness with the outside world in such a delightful way that it places the reader in a similar orchard, where she or he sleeps at ease, safe and carefree.



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