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  • I see a few dowdies drooping about the place while their men swarm around.

    The Juniper Days – Part II, The Diary

  • I have seen old and new Rome, many fair cities, many proper women, but never any like to Panareta, they are dross, dowdies all to

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Well, perhaps if we take care of the dowdies and the butchers and the bakers, the beauties and the bigwigs will take care of themselves.

    Press Cuttings

  • The suffragets are not all dowdies; but they are mainly supported by dowdies.

    Press Cuttings

  • The Suffragets, General, are the dupes of dowdies.

    Press Cuttings

  • If we had to choose between pitching all the dowdies into the Thames and pitching all the lovely and accomplished women, the lovely ones would have to go.

    Press Cuttings

  • I know but two duchesses in this wide world who are not dowdies, and one of them is an American.

    Parrot & Co.

  • But the lesson had been from Isaiah, where the unreasonable old prophet is indignant with the ladies of Zion because they don't want to look like dowdies, you remember: 'Tremble, ye women that are at ease, strip you and make you bare and gird sackcloth upon your loins.'

    The Christian A Story

  • Johnson called them 'three dowdies,' and said, with as high a spirit as the boldest Baron in the most perfect days of the feudal system, 'An ancient estate should always go to males.

    Life Of Johnson

  • I hear she went to the Opera on Monday night, and told Tommy Rufford at supper that, as far as she could see, London Society was entirely made up of dowdies and dandies.

    An Ideal Husband

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