Wonderful exuberance of spirit in this wielding of the pen, beginning with that zestful, zipping ‘Hang it all!’ and ‘Here goes!’, and followed by that energetic pen verb – not dipping, but plunging into the ink.
And then the reins pulled in a little with that doubting last question.
”Hang it all!’ she cried, with a touch of her old spirit. ‘Here goes!’ And she plunged her pen neck deep in the ink. To her enormous surprise, there was no explosion. She drew the nib out. It was wet, but not dripping. She wrote. The words were a little long in coming, but come they did. Ah! but did they make sense?’
See also Virginia Woolf kicking up her heels in spirited writing.
Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 252
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