Learn English – All that anyone could be

phrase-meaning

The following passage is quoted from Virginia Woolf's suicide note to her husband. What exactly does the phrase "all that anyone could be" mean?

You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier till this disease came.

Does that sentence mean "You have been everything to me in every way possible"?

Best Answer

She means that he was a good husband, lover, friend, supporter, cook, confidant, traveling companion, business manager - or whatever "all" and "in every way" means in her case as well as in her mind.

She also means that no other man could have been an improvement on him in any of those areas.