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- n. Plural form of spottle.
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Obviously she values his social standing, but she emphasizes that his reputation depended more on his own "spottles" character than on his family's rank.
Indeed, the very phrase "spottles ffame" suggests the balance Moulsworth so frequently achieves: her father's internal worth (or spotlessness) led to his external, public recognition.
In her typically balanced way, she describes him as a man both "of spottles ffame" and "of gentle Birth" (ll. 21-22), but here again the