Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
"It's as though they'd taken pains to torment me!" he cried, stopping dead. "did I come on this voyage in order to catch rheumatism and pneumonia? Really one might have credited Vinrace with more sense. My dear," Helen was on her knees under a table.
To come at all was the height of folly, but now that we are here I suppose that I can face it like a man.
a serious illness affecting one or both lungs that makes breathing difficult.
the height of sth:
an extreme example of a particular quality.