What a delicate detail, to describe these boats on the Serpentine as ‘spider-thin’. It makes me think of those hair-limbed creatures which are so light they appear to walk on water.

‘(She stood on the banks of the Serpentine. It was a bronze colour; spider-thin boats were skimming from side to side.) They made one feel, she continued, that one must always, always write like somebody else. (The tears formed themselves in her eyes).’

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 272

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