Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
Rachel followed in the wake of the matrons, as if in a trance; a curious scent of violets came back from Mrs. Dalloway, mingling with the soft rustling of her skirts, and the tinkling of her chains.
1. a woman in charge of the medical and housekeeping arrangements in an institution such as a boarding school;
1. if sth dry and light rustles or you rustle it, it makes a sound like paper, leaves, etc. moving or rubbing together;