Orlando, who at this stage in her 400 year life has only quite recently woken up to find herself transformed into a woman, has finally come back to her vast old family home.  Her staff, who accept her new gender without batting an eyelid, still detect signs in their new mistress of what convention might consider more manly preferences.

‘Yet again, they noted, she detested household matters, was up at dawn and out among the fields in summer before the sun had risen.’


Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 181

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