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  • At the end of the play Woe from Wit (Горе от ума) (1823), by A. S. Griboyedov, after the main character Chatsky delivers a speech condemning the hypocrisy and shallowness of Moscow society and departs, the host of the party, alarmed at what his guests might think of this display of insanity, exclaims: "Oh my God! What will Princess Marya Aleksevna say!" ("�?х! боже мой! Что �?танет говорить Кн�?гин�? Марь�? �?лек�?евна!") This phrase has entered the Russian language and Princess Marya Aleksevna has become a byword for the tyranny of social approval. In England, "Mrs. Grundy", from Thomas Morton's 1798 play Speed the Plough has played a similar role.

    October 4, 2008