Love has always been a complicated concept. The battlefield of love is difficult, and heartbreaking to navigate. Members of the Bloomsbury Circle in the 1900s would have felt the complications that come along with love. The Bloomsbury Circle was a literary group known for its promiscuity along with some of its well-known members such as Virginia Woolf (Shone). Mary Hutchinson was an honorary part of the Bloomsbury Circle and entered into an affair with Clive Bell (Beechey). Her short story “War,” published in a 1917 edition of The Egoist follows a woman named Jane who is taking part in an extramarital affair, mirroring Hutchinson’s own life. This story uses the idea of appearance versus reality to explore the convoluted nature of love, and everyone’s search desire for a love that is real.
Thomas, Sabrina, "All Is Fair in Love in “War”" (2019). Modernist Short Story Project. 17.