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  • Additionally, though the author meticulously apes Austen's writing style--right down to her peculiar spellings, like "scissars" and "sopha"--I felt the book lacked the sparkling amusement of Austen's prose--not to mention its brevity.

    Tomes that gather dust.

  • I gave her an andsome pair of scissars and a silver thimbil, by way of boanus.

    The diary of C. Jeames De La Pluche, Esq., with his letters

  • The author occasionally makes use of some unorthodox spellings: scissars for scissors; any one instead of anyone; chuse for choose, and so on.

    Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • Thimbles, scissars, needles, all of the coarsest kind, of Nuremberg manufacture; Nails, steels to strike fire; Sword-blades, of the kind, which I have already described, and which are in common use all over the Black countries to the east of the Fezzan trade.

    Travels in Nubia

  • If he visits her when she is dressed, and perceives the least impropriety in her coeffure, he insists upon adjusting it with his own hands: if he sees a curl, or even a single hair amiss, he produces his comb, his scissars, and pomatum, and sets it to rights with the dexterity of a professed friseur.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • He is not in the room, so I can safely tell you; he cut off half my squirrel's tail with his scissars, as coolly as if he had been peeling an orange.

    The Adventures of a Squirrel, Supposed to be Related by Himself

  • Spelling and grammar variations (for example: your's, scissars, staid/stayed, bason, ceremoney, Mrs. Grevilles/Mrs. Greville's, had fell down, was broke to pieces, had eat me, came and drink tea) have been preserved to match the original 1807 text.

    The Adventures of a Squirrel, Supposed to be Related by Himself

  • Mrs. Bumble with great difficulty raised him, which, as soon as she had done, he hobbled up to Henrietta, took me from her by force, and barbarously cut off near half an inch of my tail with a pair scissars.

    The Adventures of a Squirrel, Supposed to be Related by Himself

  • Murphy, Fielding had made many promises to sit to Hogarth, for whose genius he had a high esteem, but died without fulfilling them; a lady accidentally cut a profile with her scissars, which recalled Fielding's face so completely to Hogarth's memory, that he took up the outline, corrected and finished it and made a capital likeness.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 382, July 25, 1829

  • That he independently rejects the principles upon which these matters are generally conducted, he trusts this will be taken as an assurance: should the handsomest likeness-taker gratuitously offer to paint PUNCH'S portrait in any of the most favourite and fashionable styles, from the purest production of the general mourning school -- and all performed by scissars -- to the exquisitely gay works of the President of the Royal

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, July 17, 1841

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