Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hugh's Fountain Pen

"And Miss Brush went out, came back; laid papers on the table; and Hugh produced his fountain pen; his silver fountain pen, which had done 20 years' service, he said, unscrewing the cap. It was still in perfect order; he had shown it to the makers; there was no reason, they said, why it should ever wear out; which was somehow to Hugh's credit, and to the credit of the sentiments which his pen expressed (so Richard Dalloway felt) as Hugh began carefully writing capital letters with rings round them in the margin, and thus marvellously reduced Lady Burton's tangles to sense, to grammar such as the editor of the Times, Lady Burton felt, watching the marvellous transformation, must respect."

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway, first published 1925.

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