Wednesday, December 2, 2015

droop & spinster

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

As this was quite true Helen did not attempt to deny it, and her next remark, "But didn't they improve after we'd gone?" was unfortunate, for her husband answered with a droop of his shoulders, "If possible they got worse."

Mr. Pepper, indeed, created a diversion of a kind by leaping on to his seat, both feet tucked under him, with the action of a spinster who detects a mouse, as the draught struck at his ankles.

Definitions:

droop:
1. to bend, hang or move downwards, especially because of being weak or tired;
2. to become sad or depressed.

spinster:
a woman who is not married, especially an older woman who is not likely to marry.

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