I like visual and typographical playfulness, and here in Orlando the point about economy in language is underlined not with words, but with their absence, a real white space appearing on the page, as you see here.

‘For it has come about, by the wise economy of nature, that our modern spirit can almost dispense with language; the commonest expressions do, since no expressions do; hence the most ordinary conversation is often the most poetic, and the most poetic is precisely that which cannot be written down.  For which reasons we leave a great blank here, which must be taken to indicate that the space is filled to repletion.







Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 242


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