In a letter written by Virginia’s brother-in-law Clive Bell, dated April 3, Bell reveals to his friend, Frances Partridge, that the family had hoped to find her alive but that hope had waned as the days went on: “For some days, of course, we hoped against hope that she had wandered crazily away and might be discovered in a barn or a village shop.
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When their Bloomsbury home was wrecked by a bomb some time ago, Mr. Virginia was later cremated and her remains were buried under one of the two intertwined Elm trees in her backyard, which she had nicknamed “Virginia and Leonard.” Leonard marked the spot with a stone tablet engraved with the last lines from her novel The Waves: “Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again.
I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times.
The notes hinted that Virginia was going to kill herself but didn’t say how or where.
Little did she realize that the river she planned to drown herself in would sweep away her body and prevent her friends and family from discovering what happened to her for three whole weeks.