Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

This has long been a favourite sentence of mine, and since I’m re-reading this for study purposes, here we are:

“As we are a doomed race, chained to a sinking ship (her favourite reading as a girl was Huxley and Tyndall, and they were fond of these nautical methapors), as the whole thing is a bad joke, let us, at any rate, do our part; mitigate the sufferings of our fellow-prisoners (Huxley again); decorate the dungeon with flowers and air-cushions; be as decent as we possibly can.”

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