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  • proper n. A diminutive of the female given names Eleanor, Ellen and Helen.


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  • Although history remembers her as Nell, in the few places she signed her name Nell often used the initials “E.G.” or “Ellen,” and Aphra Behn dedicated her play to “Ellen Guin.”

    Exit the Actress

  • Nell is determined to find the answers to her questions, though.

    Delusion by Peter Abrahams: Book summary

  • Nell is consumed by feelings of guilt, and for the first time in their marriage, Clay is no help.

    Delusion by Peter Abrahams: Book summary

  • Shad takes off in Nell, a chatty spaceship designed to look like a woman's torso (seriously), and accomplishes his task in record time, swiftly picking up six goofy mercenaries who happen to be flying through the solar system, each with an eccentric personality and spacecraft.

    Movie Review: Battle Beyond the Stars

  • Thanks, Jan. Southern mothers can be quite an experience, and as I mentioned in my blog post, Wanda Nell is based in some ways on my own mother.

    Writing Like a Woman | The Stiletto Gang

  • Then the crowd was crying out loudly, a roar of sound that removed all coherent conversation, and “Nell from the real committee” was pressing him forward into the street.

    Music, writing notes, and Mephistopheles Doufis

  • Nell from the real committee” took his bag, which event, Mephistopheles noted with consternation was filmed in detail by “Joe from the committee” and a group of others with cameras rolling on odd contrivances.

    Music, writing notes, and Mephistopheles Doufis

  • He glanced up at “Nell from the real committee,” intending to explain to her how the shoes would make him run faster and jump higher, but she was chewing gum furiously, and the way her hair shot out in even more directions than it had previously made him think of a ticking clock (or a bomb).

    Music, writing notes, and Mephistopheles Doufis

  • Although I'm dreading it, part of me can't wait until Nell is old enough to be taught to sleep through - last night she didn't sleep for longer than an hour and a half (although she's been asleep for more than two hours this morning - AARGH!).


  • Ignoring Nell's protests, she turned to smile at the assistant, quickly explaining what she had in mind, and before she could say a word Nell found she was being hustled into an immaculate changing-room with a smiling assistant behind her.

    Lovers Touch


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