Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
"It's taken a long time, but we've pretty nearly done it," he said; "it remains to consolidate."
I will take this occasion of adding that we are both enjoying ourselves in these outlandish parts, and only with for the presence of our friends (yourself and John, to wit) to make the trip perfectly enjoyable as it promises to be instructive ...
1. to make a position of power or success stronger so that it is more likely to continue;
2. to join things together into one;
strange or extremely unusual.