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A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable, old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.
Jane Austen (1775–1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 10 (1816).
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