Q. Explain Virginia, Woolf’s remark, ‘The earth we stand on is made of color; the color can be blown out; and then we stand on a dead’?(The Eclipse)
Ans. In her essay ‘The Eclipse’ Virginia Woolf describes in a highly dramatic manner a solar eclipse, probably the solar eclipse of June 29, 1927 which was visible in England.
Before the rising of the sun everything looked pale. The river, the farmhouses, the fields and flowers were all pale, colorless. Then suddenly the sun rose and the trees turned green, and the villages blue brown under the pale blue sky.
The sun began its usual march on the sky with patches of white clouds. It dashed through t le clouds but the moon was creeping up the horizon, and covered the shining disk of the sun. All the color vanished from the scene. The flesh and blood of the world was gone. It became a strange skeleton — withered and dead.
What Virginia Woolf wishes to convey to the reader is that the colors that give our world its beauty and splendor are the creation of light. And the source of light is the sun. It also provides the warmth that is necessary for all life. If the sunlight does no reach the earth, it would wither and die.