Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silk-reel.
  • n. A winding-machine for transferring raw silk from the hanks to bobbins in readiness for spinning.

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Examples

  • The happiness-in-herself which this poor silk-winder possesses is something deeper than the gaiety of which I earlier spoke.

    Browning's Heroines

  • The opening scene, “the large mean airy chamber,” where Pippa, the little silk-winder from the mills at Asolo, springs from bed, on her New Year's Day festa, and soliloquises as she dresses, is as true as it is lovely when viewed through the rainbow glow of the poetic atmosphere: but how could it succeed on the stage?

    Life of Robert Browning

  • “The image flashed upon him,” writes his intimate friend, Mrs. Sutherland Orr, “of some one walking thus alone through life; one apparently too obscure to leave a trace of his or her passage, yet exercising a lasting though unconscious influence at every step of it; and the image shaped itself into the little silk-winder of Asolo, Felippa or Pippa.”

    Life of Robert Browning

  • The opening scene, "the large mean airy chamber," where Pippa, the little silk-winder from the mills at Asolo, springs from bed, on her New

    Life of Robert Browning

  • Mr. Browning was walking alone, in a wood near Dulwich, when the image flashed upon him of some one walking thus alone through life; one apparently too obscure to leave a trace of his or her passage, yet exercising a lasting though unconscious influence at every step of it; and the image shaped itself into the little silk-winder of Asolo,

    A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)

  • Mrs. Sutherland Orr writes that while Browning was one day strolling through Dulwich Wood "the image flashed upon him of someone walking ... alone through life; one apparently too obscure to leave a trace of his or her passage, yet exercising a lasting though unconscious influence at every step of it; and the image shaped itself into the little silk-winder of Asolo, Felippa, or Pippa."

    Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning

  • It was while walking alone in a wood near Dulwich, we are told by Mrs Orr, that “the idea flashed upon him of some one walking thus through life; one apparently too obscure to leave a trace of his or her passage, yet exercising a lasting though unconscious influence at every step of it; and the image shaped itself into the little silk-winder of Asolo.” [

    Robert Browning

  • Her own service, though she knows it not, is more than a mere twelve-hours 'gladness; she, the little silk-winder, rays forth the influences of a heart that has the potency ascribed to gems of unflawed purity; and such influences ” here embodied in the symbol of a song ” are among the precious realities of our life.

    Robert Browning

  • "The image flashed upon him," writes his intimate friend, Mrs. Sutherland Orr, "of some one walking thus alone through life; one apparently too obscure to leave a trace of his or her passage, yet exercising a lasting though unconscious influence at every step of it; and the image shaped itself into the little silk-winder of

    Life of Robert Browning

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