Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
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Source Notes: “Lady Dorothy Nevill,” The Common Reader, 1925
Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929).