Why do you think Woolf emphasizes the ambiguity of the gender of the person who turns out to be Sasha?
When Orlando first is taken by the image of a figure skating, he is unsure whether it is a "boy's or woman's," and he hopes it is not a boy because that would leave "all embraces...out of the question" (38). This shows that while gender does not matter to Orlando when falling in love with a person, he is very aware that it does matter to his society. Gender has been emphasized since the beginning of the book already, with Orlando described quite androgynously as well, foreshadowing the importance it will hold in the novel as a whole.
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