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  • It was an abominable thing that my grandmother should have been disinherited because she made what they called a mesalliance, though there was nothing to be said against her husband except that he was a Polish refugee who gave lessons for his bread. "

    Middlemarch

  • Instances of such 'mesalliance' would be as rare as those of intermarriage between the Anglo-Saxon emigrants and the

    The Coming Race

  • Barring her obscure birth, Edna is as worthy of Gordon as any dainty pet of fashion who lounges in Clara Inge's parlors, and I shall take occasion to tell her so if ever she hints at 'mesalliance' in my presence. "

    St. Elmo

  • M. de Negrepelisse maintained sufficient of the tradition of birth to dread a mesalliance.

    Two Poets

  • If she made a mesalliance, the favor would be enormous, only to be granted to vast wealth, or conspicuous services, or very powerful influence.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • An ancestress of ours made a mesalliance in the reign of your King

    Burlesques

  • Fred was considered to have made rather a mesalliance by the ladies of his family, whose grandfather had been in a Charity School, and who were allied through the husbands with some of the best blood in

    Vanity Fair

  • The sympathy of unlikeness might lead the scion of some family, hollow and fungous with antiquity, and as yet unmarked by a mesalliance, to be won over by her story; but the antipathy of resemblance would be ineradicable.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • And I am willing to admit, as I have admitted before, that the undoubted advantages arising from wealth are taken by the world as atoning for what otherwise would be a mesalliance.

    Doctor Thorne

  • If Porlock were to marry the daughter of a shoeblack, without a farthing, he would make a mesalliance; but if the daughter of the shoeblack had half a million of money, nobody would dream of saying so.

    Doctor Thorne

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