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  • My life had been so lonely, that I had acquired none of those artificial habits that induce the fine-lady nature — a second, and not always a very amiable one.

    Uncle Silas

  • Aunt Ruby, who was greatly taken with the fine-lady boarder who made herself so common, entertained her better than she thought, for Miss

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880 of Popular Literature and Science

  • She's quite dropped her fine-lady airs and subsided into a sensible being.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • On official ears; and fine-lady fears, and household hurry against us go;

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, June 20, 1891

  • Here you will find in richest profusion the fine-lady elegance of the syringa; there, glorious white lilies, so pure and stately; the delicate yet robust beauty of the exquisite privet; irises of every hue and size; and, prettiest of all, a sweet snow-tinted flower, looking like immense clusters of seed-pearl, which the Spaniards call "libla."

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • She took his arm with a mock fine-lady air, and walked beside him with mincing steps across the hall to the dining-room.

    Peggy-Alone

  • "Don't put on any fine-lady airs with me, for they won't go down," said

    The Hand in the Dark

  • After all that, it did not seem pleasant to have Lizzie put in the shade by a fine-lady cousin in silks and jewels.

    The Girl from Montana

  • But no fine-lady sparrer can stand afore that ugly rush of his.

    Cashel Byron's Profession

  • Mistress Deborah, who still wore remnants of my Lady Squander's ancient gifts of spoiled finery, had likewise failed to discard the second-hand fine-lady airs acquired during her service.

    Audrey

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