"seeing that the supply was sufficient and coal-miners doubtless were sitting down to less"

We see here an acknowledgement of the fact that unemployment and poverty were marked features of 1920s British society, and that sections of the population would have been under-fed.

A Room of One's Own was published just two years after the 1926 General Strike when between 1.5 and 1.7 million British workers went on strike in support of coal-miners who were in dispute with coal-owners over worsening working conditions and reductions in wages.