Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
And Stand still we must. With the first words a shock passes through us; perceptions, previously numb and torpid, quiver into being; the nerves of sight and hearing are quickened; the "bracelet of bright hair" burns in our eyes.
The world, a moment before, cheerful, humdrum, bursting with character and variety, is consumed.
not active; with no energy or enthusiasm.
boring and always the same.