Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
"It's the continuity," said Richard sententiously.
He ran his mind along the line of conservative policy, which went steadily from Lord Salisbury to Alfred, and gradually enclosed, as though it were a lasso that opened and caught things, enormous chunks of the habitable globe.
1. expressing much in few words;
a long rope with one end tied into a loop that is used for catching horses, cows, etc.