She was so small and frail, there was something so pathetic in her old-maidish
air, that Philip was touched.
Every part of the house was in such order, and every one was so attentive to me, that I had no trouble with my two bunches of keys, though what with trying to remember the contents of each little store-room drawer and cupboard; and what with making notes on a slate about jams, and pickles, and preserves, and bottles, and glass, and china, and a great many other things; and what with being generally a methodical, old-maidish
sort of foolish little person, I was so busy that I could not believe it was breakfast- time when I heard the bell ring.
Although he first characterized Woolson, in a letter to his aunt, as "old-maidish
, deaf, & intense," he came to value her companionship.