from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female tapster.
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"Be so good as to let Caliban out, Mr. Austin," continued the tapstress;
"Oh! goodness!" ejaculated the tapstress, in alarm.
The tapstress was full of curiosity; but she appeared more easy than the others.
Hearing the noise of the scuffle, the tapstress, fancying it was Jack making an effort to escape, in spite of the remonstrances of the executioner, threw open the wicket.
"Don't mention such a thing, Sir," interrupted the tapstress.