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The Love Affairs of an Old Maid

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Author: Lilian Bell
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,120 / 106 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,184
Added to site: 2007.07.12 17605

So the book has been written. The existence of the Old Maid often has been a precarious one; she has been surrounded by danger, once narrowly escaping cremation. But my humanity towards dumb brutes saved her. I might have sacrificed a woman, but I could not kill a cat. So she lives, unconsciously owing her life to her cat.

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your back, to give you confidence and eloquence. But with the latter you are cowed and beaten beforehand, and tongue-tied during the contest.

So she became Alice Asbury, and these two blighted beings took a flat. Before they had been at home from their honeymoon a week she came down to see me, and told me that she hated Asbury.

Imagine a bride whose bouquet, only a month before, you had held at the altar, and heard her promise to love, honor, and obey a man until death did them part, coming to you with a confession like that. Still, if but one half she tells me of him is true, I do not wonder that she hates him.

With her revolutionary, anarchistic completeness, she has renounced the idea of compromise or adaptability as finally as if she had seen and passed the end of the world. There is no more pliability in her with regard to Asbury than there is in a steel rod. How different she used to be with Brandt! How she consulted his wishes and accommodated herself to him!

When a woman b

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Leah A. Zeldes

A spinster muses on the marriages of her friends and acquaintances; listens and agrees with such confidences as, "I don't see how a woman with any self-respect can marry until she meets her master"; and confides her feelings about it all to her cat. Wordy and dull.



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