Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
"Go and get a breath of air, Dick," she said. "You look quite washed out ... How nice you smell! ... And be polite to that women. She was so kind to me."
"There are three stages of convalescence, I always say," broke in the hearty voice of Willoughby. "The milk stage, the bread-and-butter stage, and the roast-beef stage.
1. to make somebody exhausted;
a period of time when you get well again after an illness or a medical operation; the process of getting well.