By Virginia Woolf
No matter what hour you woke there has been a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting right here, starting there, making sure—a ghostly couple. Stooping, maintaining their silver lamp above us, lengthy they appear and deeply. lengthy they pause. The wind drives straightly; the flame stoops just a little. Wild beams of moonlight move either ground and wall, and, assembly, stain the faces bent; the faces brooding about; the faces that seek the sleepers and search their hidden pleasure.
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The admiral released one hand from behind his back and gestured out at the woods. Like a dog, John looked at the hand, not at the direction indicated. He’d forgotten how twisted and swollen the admiral’s hands were, fingers like lengths of ginger root. John wondered that he didn’t wear gloves, but perhaps he couldn’t get them on. ‘Yes,’ the admiral said, ‘it’s the fine sort of autumn weather. I have an invitation in town,’ he announced. John bowed at the fact. ’ The admiral smiled. John also smiled.
When he saw John he started towards him, his face raw with rage, but two attendants were with him. One sprang up from a log on which they were playing with a pack of old, bent cards, and raised his arms. The lunatic pretended not to see him, but stopped where he was. ‘Move on there,’ the attendant told John. It was Stockdale. ‘Move on. No harm done. Had a bit of a morning, that one. ’ The other attendant, whom John didn’t quite recognise, smiled through his pipe smoke. John hurried on, removing his hat, wiping out the brim dampened by sudden fear, and setting it firmly back on his head.
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