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“But one can never reckon with real, bred-in-the bone old-maidism.”
“It's nothing but a chronic case of old-maidism," said father impatiently.”
“There was, indeed, a danger -- his seniors said so -- of his developing into a regular "Auntie Fuss" of an adjutant, and when an officer once takes to old-maidism there is more hope for the virgin of seventy than for him.”
“Nothing but solitary old-maidism, unless two of you happen to be sisters, for who else will join her shame to yours?”
“It was considered as carrying old-maidism to an extreme length.”
“There was one thing about her which excited much talk; I suppose it was only a piece of old-maidism.”
“The state of old maidism was reached at a very early age in those early days; Higginson wrote of an "antient maid" of twenty-five years.”
“He supports her, and she has escaped the obloquy of old-maidism.”
“So she thrusts the burden of her sins upon other people's shoulders, and travels the first stage to captious and disappointed old-maidism.”
“Rise superior to all puerile fancies; bear nobly the odium of old maidism, if such be thy fate, and if, like Sir Walter Scott's lovely creation, Rebecca, you are separated by an impassable gulf from your heart's chosen, or have met and suffered by the false and treacherous, take not any chance Waverley who may cross your path.”
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