Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
"I brought Persuasion," she went on, "because I thought it was a little less threadbare than the others - though, Dick, it's no good your pretending to know Jane by heart, considering that she always sends you to sleep!"
She was determined that Sir Walter should take her husband's mind off the guns of Britain, and divert him in an exquisite, quaint, sprightly, and slightly ridiculous world.
1. that does not have much effect, especially because it has been used too much;
full of life and energy;