The whole edifice of female government is based on that foundation stone; chastity is their jewel, their centre piece, which they run mad to protect, and die when ravished of.
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Source Notes: Orlando (chapter 4) (1928). Orlando, in this fantastic journey through time and personalities, has been transformed from a man into a woman. Having "been a man for thirty years or so, and an Ambassador into the bargain," the character has a "very complicated" start on the issue of preserving virginity.
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).
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