Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
The effect of these subterfuges was a little dashed by Ridley, who, after regarding Pepper for some moments, sighed aloud, "Poor fellow!" and inwardly speculated upon the unkindness of women.
The sight fulfilled the same purpose as an orchestra in a London restaurant, and silence had its setting.
a secret, usually dishonest, way of behaving.
a large group of people who play various musical instruments together, led by a conductor.