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.
a clown with a pointed white hat and white clothes whose face is painted white and made to look sad.
1. to slope or to make sth slope in a particular direction or at a particular angle;