Sunday, May 29, 2016

tawny & conflagration

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out

The Spaniards, bloated with fine living upon the fruits of the miraculous land, fell in heaps; but the hardy Englishmen, tawny with sea-voyaging, hairy for lack of razors, with muscles like wire, fangs greedy for flesh, and fingers itching for gold, despatched the wounded, drove the dying into the sea, and soon reduced the natives to a state of superstitious wonderment.

But it must be supposed that the political mind of that age lacked imagination, and, merely for want of a few thousand pounds and a few thousand men, the spark died that should have been a conflagration.

Definitions:

tawny:
brownish-yellow in colour.

conflagration:
a very large fire that destroys a lot of land or buildings.

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