Time and our perceptions of it fascinate me.  Here Orlando comments on its strange elasticity inside the mind.

Indeed in need of further investigation.

‘The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness upon the body of time.  An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented on the timepiece of the mind by one second.  This extraordinary discrepancy between time of the clock and time in the mind is less known than it should be and deserves fuller investigation.’

 

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 95

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