from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female varlet; a waiting-woman. Richardson, Clarissa Harlowe, I. xxxi.
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And at this instant I thought I felt the revived varletess (on but a slight retrograde motion) writhing round my pericardium like a serpent; and in the action of a dying one, (collecting all its force into its head,) fix its plaguy fangs into my heart.
How often have I gave thee warning! — and now, I hope, thou intruding varletess, have
In short, Jack, it was more pride than love, as I now find it, that put me upon making such a confounded rout about losing that noble varletess.
-- and now, I hope, thou intruding varletess, have I done thy business!