Virginia Woolf: "Street Haunting"

Woolf's 1930 essay is, structurally, an adventure in winter to acquire a pencil. But it's so much more. In it, she shows us the ins and outs of life in the city; she shows the people, the streets, the sounds and smells of the city without telling how you, the reader, should feel.

As you read this, consider her use of comparisons and word choices, and in particular consider how she tries to draw the reader into the scene. What effect does this have? How do you react to prose in this style? What do you like about the style or what would you change?

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