What is the plot of Virginia Woolf’s Flush?
In the book, Flush is taken from the spacious, wild countryside to live with the invalid poet, Elizabeth Barret Browning, who at the time is simply Elizabeth Barret. Like EBB, Flush is mainly confined to the bedroom; he has lost his liberty. “Door after door shut in his face as Miss Mitford went downstairs; they shut on his freedom; on fields; on hares; on grass” While Flush still gets taken on walks in outside in places like Regent’s Park, his position in the world has changed. No longer can he run freely through the countryside, chasing animals and discovering new places, his position now is at the feet of EBB. His purpose now is more like an accessory to the house, as opposed to a hunter, or a protector/companion. There is no danger, or excitement, or work, in EBB’s room on Wimpole Street. “The wind and the rain, the wild days of autumn and the cold days of mid-winter, all alike meant nothing to Flush except warmth and stillness; the lighting of the lamps, the drawing of curtains and the poking of the fire.”