Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
She who had been a broad-backed dray-horse, upon whose hind-quarters pierrots might waltz, became a colt in a field. The plates slanted away from the knives, and Mr.s Dalloway's face blanched for a second as she helped herself and saw the potatoes roll this way and that.
Richard faced three meals, eating valiantly at each; but at the third, certain glazed asparagus swimming in oil finally conquered him.
1. to become pale because you are shocked or frightened;
a plant whose young green or white stems are cooked and eaten as a vegetable;