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  • He created the old woman, who growled, as, at the command of her husband, she took off his bast shoes, and the pitiful groan of the old man as he muttered through his teeth, "Softly, motherkin, I have sores here."

    Leo Tolstoy: Childhood and Early Manhood

  • Just forgive me this once, motherkin, and I'll be good in future; or till next time, any way.

    Dorothy on a Ranch

  • But, Pina, you don't know half as much about motherkin as I do, for when _you_ are with her she usually forgets

    The Island Queen

  • Now in a village not far over the borders of Baden she had an old motherkin, and there, too, lived her heart’s darling, her little cabbage, her P’TIT TONERL, a strapping youngster some five years old; and, if she pleased herself, she would take up her abode with these two, and never again have to do with anything more troublesome than pigs or hens.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • "Well, motherkin," said he with the finest air of importance, "a man would say that if a crew of British sailors could be useful anywhere -- We'll teach your Portuguese, anyhow.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • "Yes; and If it's very muddy, motherkin, I'll drive on and leave them at the school-house.

    The Woman's Advocate Vol. III


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