Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
The bitterness with which he spoke was ominous of what was to come. He led her off to his own quarters, and, sitting on the edge of a brass-bound table, looking uncommonly like a seagull, with her white tapering body and thin alert face, Mrs. Dalloway had to listen to the tirade of a fanatical man.
suggesting that sth bad is going to happen in the future.
1. rooms that are provided for soldiers, servants, etc. to live in.