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Spinsterhood

Forsyte, June
jilted by her fiance, becomes an old maid. [Br. Lit.: The Forsyte Saga]
Grundy, Miss
prim and proper schoolteacher, continually vexed by her students’ antics. [Comics: “Archie” in Horn, 87]
Havisham, Miss
old spinster; always wore her bridal dress though jilted on wedding day. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Lovell, Charlotte
rather than reveal that an orphan girl is her own child, she spends her life as an old maid. [Am. Lit.: Edith Wharton The Old Maid in Magill I, 679]
Sloper, Catherine
becomes an old maid rather than marry a man interested in her inheritance. [Am. Lit.: Washington Square in Hart, 899]
Throssel, Miss Phoebe
a spinster with marriage continually on her mind. [Br. Lit.: Quality Street, Magill I, 793–795]
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From the outset, Austen consciously evokes the conventions of spinsterhood in describing Anne and, in doing so, challenges the stigma against old maids.
A candidate in the Federal National Council (FNC)Ceelections has vowed to campaign to make multiple marriages more affordable -- a plan he believes will end the "problem of spinsterhood" in the UAE and address the national population imbalance.
"There are political, social and economic reasons for the high incidence of spinsterhood in Egypt; all the state's institutions should work together to solve this problem," Dr Sawsan stresses.
Among my 20-something female friends, a taboo on favoring relationships over career goals coexists with a (barely whispered) fear of spinsterhood. And the rules of dating seem both more egalitarian and more impenetrable than ever.
"And this programme has not come a day too soon as the institution of marriage faces threat from high cost of marriage, rising incidence of divorce in the first year of marriage, increase in the rate of spinsterhood and late age of marriage for girls," al Kuwari added.
Jane Austen, who herself knew the misery of an impoverished spinsterhood, would have thought her a simpleton had she sacrificed comfort and security for love - and it seems the modern reader agrees with her.
Downton Abbey (ITV1 9pm) Lady Edith settles into her mantle of spinsterhood like the martyr she is, but decides to protest at the limits of women's suffrage by penning a letter to The Times.
He has an uncanny intuition in choosing the right actor for the right role, although it takes a stretch of the imagination to think that Earls' glowing Lenny should be worried about a life of eternal spinsterhood.
The high cost of marriage made many young men stop thinking of getting married and increased spinsterhood rates among Yemeni women," Nasser said.
What's Your Number?, 15, pounds 15.99 Ally Darling (Anna Faris) reads a newspaper article that suggests the average person has 10.5 partners in their lifetime and single women are doomed to spinsterhood if they reach 20 sexual partners without hearing wedding bells.
ALLY Darling (Anna Faris) reads a newspaper article, which suggests the average person has 10.5 partners in their lifetime and single women are doomed to spinsterhood if they reach 20 sexual partners without hearing a peal of wedding bells.
You visualise your spinsterhood with despair, you look with envy at friends who marry, and you blame yourself for being a failure for your previous failed relationships.