Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
So slack indeed becomes Sidney's grasp upon these ambling phantoms that in the middle he has forgotten what his relation to them is - is it "I" the author who is speaking or is it "I" the character? No reader can be kept in bondage, whatever the grace and the charm, when the ties between him and the writer are so irresponsibly doffed and assumed.
to walk at a slow relaxed speed.
1. to take off a coat or another piece of clothing;
2. to take off or lift and tilt a hat as a greeting or a mark of respect