The essay is about an afternoon in which Virginia was watching a Moth trapped in a window-pane, with no escape. At the beginning she talks about how a moth is not as gracious as a butterfly nor as somber as some other moths that prefer to go out at night. The moth in particular is enjoying its flight in the afternoon, in the sun light though it is about to be gone. At the end, I understand, she deserves to die for the night is coming.
Two subjects would be released in a squared room, a moth and a human being. Both would be tracked and follow by a light. Perhaps the moth would be followed by a less brighter light or with no light at all. The light would go off it they stop moving. It is important to keep in mind that moths like or follow light and some humans are afraid of moths. If the moth stands still no light would be on this would probably make the human feel fear for he would not know where the moth is. He would then move and the moth would probably start following him in search of light. The human would experience a sort of state of surveillance and fear, he would have no escape, just like the moth in the essay.
- Light and darkness, shadows in between. - Natural surveillance. - Life and death.