The River Ouse

The River Ouse, Rodmell, East Sussex

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Monk’s House is very near to a stretch of the River Ouse. Virginia walked to the bottom of her garden where she could access the fields that led to the river. She drowned herself in the River Ouse on 28 March 1941, near the village of Rodmell. Her body was recovered from the river on 18 April. She was 59.

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Both photos are my own

“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.”

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