And the more we learn about the ocean floor, the better it seems as a metaphor for variety.  Curious to think of Virginia Woolf using this since so much less was known of ocean floors in her lifetime and they didn’t have the incredible underwater images we now enjoy.

For another metaphor based on the ocean floor, see ‘An ocean bed of learning’.

‘… and watched the vast view, varied like an ocean floor this evening with the sun lightening it and the shadows darkening it.’

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 310

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