Monday, April 18, 2011

the saddest love letter

Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V

-The last note written by Virginia Woolf to her husband before she committed suicide
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'If anybody could have saved me, it would have been you' is the most heart-wrenching, perfect line I have ever read.

42 comments:

A Redhaired Designer said...

that's so beautiful and heartbreaking....

SJ said...

*sigh*

so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

ellecupcake said...

It's beautiful.. I can't help but try to feel what she was feeling.

Meher said...

that is so sad. :/

Jo said...

This is so incredibly beautiful and sad...and even so, I know that if I ever received a similar letter, I'd be racked with a guilt that would most likely give way to anger. And even in that anger, I'd still think this was one of the most painfully beautiful things I had ever read or heard! Does that sound crazy?

Sara Louise said...

Heart wrenching is the perfect way.
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lucy and sarah said...

wow, so sad.

ellie said...

This is really so intense. Thanks for posting it.

becky said...

I remember reading this last year just as I began reading To The Lighthouse by her---a book so riddled with grief. This letter is, as you say, the most heart-wrenching and it is the most beautiful. I cannot imagine reading such a thing from someone you love so tenderly. Her story---and Plath's---are lives I am so deeply interested in simply because so much meaning and turmoil is hidden behind the simplest of images. I guess they are both proof of talent being impossible without some kind of burden? Thank-you for sharing and placing these words, these beautiful, beautiful words, back into the forefront of my mind.

amy b.s. said...

every time i read that, it just breaks my heart. so much love and yet so much pain.

Edie said...

it is a sad letter.... but ultimately i dont agree with suicide... she had so much to offer to the world and her family.

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edie
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~BB~ said...

wow - that is so incredibly beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking! Thanks for sharing - even though it brought tears to my eyes. I have to agree completely with Jo's comment...

AquĆ­ said...

oh my goodness this is one of my favorite letters of all time. Have you read the book called The Hours? Its about Virginia Wolf, an amazing story.

Micaela said...

this letter made me cry.

the part that got you and this part:

"Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness."

it reminds me of the letter i wished to have given to my ex... (another life)

sans the suicide.. just the departure.

The Book Florist said...

Thankyou for sharing that. I'd never read that before. I felt that through reading, I have become close friends with Virginia and I feel glad, and yet very upset, too, to have finally heard her last words.

Googlover/keishua said...

this letter is so heart wrenching but it cuts to the quick. It is so bittersweet...

Ash said...

Goodness, how could something be so devastating, and so sweet at the same time?

Tiq said...

beautifully written and yet devastating..
but it's tragic to end her life that way.

Krystal said...

that was the saddest thing I have read, certainly. but wow.

jillian m. said...

heart-breaking. i had no idea she committed suicide.

Ali said...

So tragic. She was so interesting.

Alysia Pollock said...

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Kelly said...

That is both sad and sweet. Very Virginia Wolfe.

koralee said...

Oh my this is soooo sad my friend. xoxo

Chelsea Lane said...

this like wrenches your heart before it finally breaks it...so tragic to think some people just can't recover from depression/other mental issues. you can tell she was a writer <3

xoxo

ellie said...

Thanks for the note. Hope you are having a good week.

Jessica said...

What an amazing letter! Heart-wrenching is the perfect phrase. Thank you for sharing! I hope we all find that kind of love one day. :)

Toni said...

I love, "Everything is gone from me but the certainty of your goodness."

Bonnie said...

Virginia Woolf -- Who doesn't love this woman???

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kimbirdy said...

oh, heart-wrenching indeed!

Katie said...

Gosh that's sad.

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Silver Strands said...

Oh. My. Word. That is SAD.

vintch said...

oh my goodness. where did you find this? it's gorgeous and so sad and clear and true. thank you for sharing.

MAUD said...

have you seen 'the hours?' this letter features prominently in it.

heartbreaking.

christine donee said...

I may have shed a tear reading this just now. Don't judge me.

Cassidy said...

This makes my heart ache.

wilybrunette said...

its such a devastating and poignant letter. oh god, i can't imagine that kind of pain and thank god for that.

Holly said...

Wow, that's really really sad! :(

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Gosh, yes. Love this.

tattytiara said...

Probably has to be the most famous suicide note ever - I knew it from the first line - but then how many are written so beautifully?

ivy said...

Thanks so much for the note. Hope you are having a good week.

Lucy & Sarah

ana said...

beautiful. googled her death. so sad. depression is a disease.