from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female visitor. Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, xxxiii.
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'You are come at last,' said the meagre man, gazing on his visitress with hollow eyes.
Keenly, I fear, did the eye of the visitress pierce the young pastor's heart.
The old woman obeyed tremblingly; for she feared that the lady's visit boded no good; and this apprehension on her part was not only enhanced by her own knowledge of all Antonio's treachery toward Count Francisco, but also by the imperious manner, determined looks, and strange disguise of her visitress.
If the mysterious visitress were a common thief, why did she leave any of the jewels in the casket? and wherefore had she on two occasions contemplated me with looks of such dark rage and infernal menace?
"On discovering this robbery, I began to suspect that my mysterious visitress, who had caused me so much alarm, was the thief of my property; and I immediately summoned old Margaretha.