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I read this about three months ago, but wasn't quite sure what to write about it.

Flush was Elizabeth Barrett Browning's aristocratic pet cocker spaniel. In his biography, Virginia Woolf follows Flush's career from his birth in Berkshire and early years with the invalid, Miss Barrett, through to his kidnapping by London vagabonds and his dotage in Italy.

 

I found it more readable than anything else I've read by VW, but not particularly interesting.

Maybe (probably) because this is basically the familiar story of the relationship between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning through the eyes of a third party, in this case her dog.

It is a story I already knew, and thought it was told in a more interesting way by Margaret Forster in Lady's Maid - or in the musical Robert and Elizabeth

 

It certainly didn't answer the question that has plagued me for the past 40 years - Why was the darned dog called 'Flush'?!

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