Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873–1954), French author. Aunt Alicia, in Gigi (1944, trans. 1953).
When asked why, Aunt Alicia replied, "Because nine men out of ten are superstitious, nineteen out of twenty believe in the evil eye, and ninety-eight out of a hundred are afraid of spiders. They forgive us—oh! for many things, but not for the absence in us of their own feelings." Real name is Sidonie Gabrielle Colette.