Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
Higher they went, until Ridley and Rachel walked behind; next they turned along a lane scattered with stones, where Mr. Pepper raised his stick and silently indicated a shrub, bearing among sparse leaves a voluminous purple blossom; and at a rickety canter the last stage of the way was accomplished.
The villa was a roomy white house, which, as is the case with most continental houses, looked to an English eye frail, ramshackle, and absurdly frivolous, more like a pagoda in a tea-garden than a place where one slept.
1. a movement of a horse at a speed that is fairly fast but not very fast;
2. to move or make a horse move at a canter;
having a lot of space inside.