Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
One could scarcely see the black ribs of wrecked ships, or the spiral towers made by the burrowings of great eels, or the smooth green-sided monsters who came by flickering this way and that.
But just as she was turning with a view perhaps to finding some employment, she was intercepted by a woman who was so broad and so thick that to be intercepted by her was inevitable.
1. to be expressed or appear somewhere for a short time;
2. to move with small quick movements;
3. to keep going on and off as it shines or burns;
to stop sb/sth that is going from one place to another from arriving.