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.
How peaceful, how beautiful, how benignant in comparison the sea?
a long angry speech criticizing sb/sth or accusing sb of sth;
kind and gracious in behaviour or appearance;