“I prefer men to cauliflowers.”

Monk’s House, Rodmell, East Sussex. Mespilus germanica Common medlar

Monk’s House, Rodmell, East Sussex.
Mespilus germanica. Common medlar

Limnanthes douglasii Poached egg plant

Monk’s house, Rodmell, East Sussex.                                                                                                         Limnanthes douglasii.  Poached egg plant

The view from Virginia Woolf's bedroom doorway. Monk’s House, Rodmell, East Sussex. 29th September 2013

The view from Virginia Woolf’s bedroom doorway.
Monk’s House, Rodmell, East Sussex. 29th September 2013

How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; like the flap of a wave; the kiss of a wave; chill and solemn and yet (for a girl of eighteen as she was ) solemn, feeling as she did,  standing there at the open window, that something awful was about to happen; looking at the flowers, :at the trees with the smoke winding off them and the rooks rising, falling; standing and looking until Peter Walsh said, “Musing among the vegetables?–– was that it? –– “I prefer men to cauliflowers” –– was that it?

––Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf.

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