Why live? they demanded. Sir William replied that life was good. Certainly Lady Bradshaw in ostrich feathers hung over the mantelpiece, and as for his income it was quite twelve thousand a year. But to us, they protested, life has given no such bounty. He acquiesced. They lacked a sense of proportion.
Notes: abruptness in sentence structure = sense of superiority; good life = material – postwar mentality?; profession as authority
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990), 101.