Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
She made Helen and the others look coarse and slovenly beside her.
He seemed to come from the humming oily centre of the machine where the polished rods are sliding, and the pistons thumping; he grasped things so firmly but so loosely; he made the others appear like old maids cheapening remnants.
careless, untidy or dirty in appearance or habits.
1. to make a steady prolonged droning sound;