Extravagance

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Extravagance

Bovary, Emma
spends money recklessly on jewelry and clothes. [Fr. Lit.: Madame Bovary, Magill I, 539–541]
Cleopatra’s pearl
dissolved in acid to symbolize luxury. [Rom. Hist.: Jobes, 348]
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