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One splits off, therefore/ (p. 82) Unlike Louis's or Rhoda's, Bernard's identity also depends upon other people's identities. Louis is obsessively self-aware; with his success in business comes a new self that he affirms as he signs his name again and again and thinks how he must concentrate his consciousness on what he is now and not be distracted by his imagination or the uncommercial world around him. Only when past inferiorities have been completely shed will he be free to write his poetry.
Pp. 207-8) But if nature is independent of man, he is not independent of her, for nature's moods affect him and at times 'it was impossible to resist the strange intimation... that good triumphs, happiness The Philosophical Realism of Virginia Woolf prevails, order rules; or to resist the extraordinary stimulus to range hither and thither in search of some absolute good.. / (p. 205). In other words, the nature of reality is such that objects are not dependent upon subjects but subjects are affected, at least, by their objects.
Another epistemological symbol used by Bernard and illustrative of his philosophical realism is a tree:' "The mind grows rings; the identity becomes robust; pain is absorbed in growth"' (pp. 1823). Growth teaches the independence of nature from mind - if only in death. "' (p. 187). The sources of ethical and aesthetic value in the realism of The Waves appear here. After the Hampton Court reunion and communion, Bernard suffers an appalling experience. He addressed his self and nothing happened. He is conscious, but of nothing.