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  • But, as the law hath foolishly omitted this office of vice-husband, or guardian to an eloped lady, and as malice is apt to denominate him by a more disagreeable appellation, it was concluded that his lordship should perform all such kind offices to the lady in secret, and without publickly assuming the character of her protector.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • But, as the law hath foolishly omitted this office of vice-husband, or guardian to an eloped lady, and as malice is apt to denominate him by

    History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Another years had past, she would marry london links that she wanted, before their wedding, she invited her vice-husband, and told him the news, he said nothing but some blessing words to her, at the end of their party, he took out a present and told her to have a look after their wedding.

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  • That's great, ry. I like the bit about weeds, too.

    July 7, 2015

  • a man who adopts some part of the role of husband to a woman who is widowed, separated, or otherwise unable or unwilling to (re-)marry.

    And Laura waited long, and wept a little,
    And thought of wearing weeds, as well she might;
    She almost lost all appetite for victual,
    And could not sleep with ease along at night;
    She deem'd the window-frames and shutters brittle
    Against a daring House-breaker or Sprite,
    And so She thought it prudent to connect her.
    With a Vice-husband, chiefly to protect her.
    Byron, Beppo

    July 7, 2015