"On the further bank the willows wept in perpetual lamentation"

 

The 'perpetual lamentation' of the weeping willow
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So far in her introduction, Virginia Woolf has used a fairly straightforward prose-style in keeping with the rational and analytical nature of the discussion, but here she slips  into a more 'poetic' mode (an indication that she is moving from speaking as herself to speaking as the narrator of the text). This style of writing, which she sustains over the next few paragraphs, would not seem out of place in one of her novels:

'Thought - to call it by a prouder name than it deserved - had let its line down into the stream. It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it ... '   - A Room of One's Own  p.5