By Virginia Woolf
No matter what hour you woke there has been a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting right here, establishing there, making sure—a ghostly couple. Stooping, preserving their silver lamp above us, lengthy they give the impression of being and deeply. lengthy they pause. The wind drives straightly; the flame stoops somewhat. Wild beams of moonlight pass either flooring and wall, and, assembly, stain the faces bent; the faces thinking about; the faces that seek the sleepers and search their hidden pleasure.
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