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n.1.The state of being a matron.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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A life that would have languished in wifehood, motherhood, and social matronhood was happily disturbed by him.
This is not the domestic matronhood championed as female power in the March world, but a different kind of kingdom in which Amy is "born to rule" as "lady in blue." The scene in A Long Fatal Love Chase involves not Tempest but Lito, Tempest's boy, explaining why Alcott would use the scene to set the stage for Laurie's deevolu-tion from young man, and object of romantic envy, to boy as he sees Amy and waves his hat.
When she was only shadow of her former self, wrinkled and grizzled, like Rodin's old courtesan, they remembered still the immense vitality and charm of matronhood, if not the blotched innocence of her youth.