A Haunted House (Timeless Classics) by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

No matter what hour you woke there has been a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting the following, commencing there, making sure—a ghostly couple. Stooping, protecting their silver lamp above us, lengthy they give the impression of being and deeply. lengthy they pause. The wind drives straightly; the flame stoops a little. Wild beams of moonlight go either flooring and wall, and, assembly, stain the faces bent; the faces thinking about; the faces that seek the sleepers and search their hidden pleasure.

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Octavian and Lepidus, aided by Octavian's skilled admiral Agrippa, destroyed Pompey's fleet in a battle near Sicily. Lepidus then tried to win a larger share of the power, but his own troops refused to back him. Octavian spared Lepidus's life but forced him to retire; no longer would Lepidus be a weak but buffering presence between Antony and Octavian. Defeat and suicide. In the meantime, Antony returned to the east, campaigning in Greece, from where he sent Octavia back to Italy. He himself then went on to Syria, where he planned to campaign against the Parthians—and to meet Cleopatra again.

The image of Rome and Egypt. In his depiction of these historical events, Shakespeare em- L I T E R A T U R E A N D ITS TIMES Antony and Cleopatra braiders a theme that was present in the Roman view of them as well: the identification of Egypt with sensuality and femininity, and of Rome with discipline and manliness. Egypt is a place of feasting and drinking, a place where Cleopatra's servants (including eunuchs) continually banter in sexual terms, where gestures are grand and impulsive, and, above all, where the feminine quite literally rules.

While Antony then pursued another conspirator to Cisalpine Gaul, his domiW O R L D L I T E R A T U R E A N D nance was undercut in Rome by the orator Cicero, who attacked Antony in a series of speeches to the Senate. Antony, said Cicero repeatedly, should have been murdered too. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Cicero promoted Julius Caesar's young heir, his great-nephew and adopted son Octavian. With senatorial support, Octavian—still not yet 20 years old—defeated Antony in battle in Gaul. Antony then retreated, but he was joined by another old partisan of Julius Caesar's, Lepidus.

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