Something wonderfully round and opalescent about these glowing pearls likened to the pearly eggs of a ‘vast moon-spider’.

‘… so that her pearls glowed like the eggs of some vast moon-spider.’

For another pearly metaphor, see this in Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation.

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 313


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