Books: Passive and Indifferent

THREE GUINEAS—Virginia Woolf—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

"And a word without a meaning is a dead word, a corrupt word. . . . Let us write that word in large black letters on a sheet of foolscap; then solemnly apply a match to the paper. . . . Now let us bray the ashes in a mortar with a goose-feather pen, and declare in unison singing together that anyone who uses that word in future is a ring-the-bell-and-run-away man, a mischief maker, a groper among old bones, the proof of whose defilement is written in a smudge...

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