A Room of One’s Own

by: Virginia Woolf

Chapter 2

The narrator's ability to consider the subject of gender inequality with disinterestedness stems in large part from her financial independence. She has five hundred pounds a year, and the effect of that income is to dissolve the frustration and vulnerability that would color her thinking and writing in a negative way. It is for this same reason that the writer of literature, in Woolf's view, must enjoy the luxury of financial freedom. Artistic production, even more perhaps than rational argumentation, requires that all traces of the particular self be distilled in the "white light of truth."