” ‘Chloe liked Olivia…’ Do not start. Do not blush. Let us admit in the privacy of our own society that these things sometimes happen. Sometimes women do like women.” (82)
In my opinion, this is an excerpt from one of the most powerful passages in the book. Woolf is unapologetically acknowledging that women do now have to be pinned against each other. They are allowed to like each other, even be attracted to each other. The fact that so much weight is placed on such a simple three word phrase is extraordinary. Readers really get the sense of Woolf wanting to believe in women as a positive community.