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  • John Travolta may live to regret squeezing into the house-dress of Edna Turnblad.

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  • Still, it starts with Bette walking down the street and seeing a woman walking toward her, “in a house-dress all peckered all over with daisies,” wearing a fried egg on her forehead.

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  • Round-faced and stout, in her fifties, wearing a flowered house-dress and a white blouse, she glances down at Alices foot, shakes her head, and says, “What happened to you?”

    Alice in Jeopardy

  • Pao-yü, wearing a house-dress and slipshod shoes, was reclining on the bed, a book in hand.

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  • She wore a yellow print house-dress and white, orthopedic-style sandals, and her purse sat on the bench a slight distance from her, as though it were her companion.

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  • Thus reasoning to herself, Dexie put on her house-dress, intending to return to her father's room and ask who had called during the afternoon, but second thoughts prevented her, and she turned to the kitchen to see what had been provided for her father's supper, or to prepare, if need be, some little extra dainty to tempt his failing appetite.

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  • Her house-dress is always hidden by a large cloak, which comes down to the ground and has loose sleeves and a cape.

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  • She pinned the children's clothing when their buttons disappeared; she slipped a coat wearily over her house-dress, and went to the delicatessen store five minutes before dinner-time.

    Martie, the Unconquered

  • Martie never saw her in anything but a baggy, spotted black house-dress, but there were great gatherings and feasts occasionally downstairs, and then presumably the adored old head of the family was more suitably clad.

    Martie, the Unconquered

  • She arranged her hair so as to display, rather than a studied care in its arrangement, a certain graceful and artistic carelessness, that fell short of disorder, however, which would have been indecorous; she polished her nails, and, as it was not fit that she should receive Don Luis in a wrapper, she put on a simple house-dress.

    VIII. Part II.—Paralipomena

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