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Western Cape Travel on The past tense of the interludes about the waves breaking on the shore expresses the eternal pastness of everything stored in this data bank. 1here, as permanently past, everything that has ever happened goes on happening in rhythmic wave-like repetition, but turned into language, as in the last sentence of aIl: The waves broke on the shore (211). This also explains why that ghostly or uncanny narrative voice, a voice completely anonymous and impersonal, speaks in the past tense: said Jinny, said Neville. That voice must not be identified with Virginia Woolf: the author. In her diary, at a point when she is deciding on the rhetorical and narratological fOrIn her unwritten novel must take, Woolf says: [Several problems cry out at once to be solved. Who thinks it? And am 1 outside the thinker? One wants some device which is not a trick (D, 142). Just as Franz Kafka became a writer, as he says, when he replaced ‘T’ with he, so Woolf solved the problem of voice in The Waves when she took on the role of that completely impersonal voice that says, said Bernard, or said Susan, and never one word more than that. Western Cape Travel 2016.

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