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a.1.Like a vixen; vixenish.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Nevertheless, vixenly as she looks, many people are seeking at this very moment to shelter themselves under the wing of the federal eagle; imagining, I presume, that her bosom has all the softness and snugness of an eiderdown pillow.
By the end of the story we can see this eagle in its historically gendered form as the reborn and reconstructed Sally Walden, but without the "vixenly" attributes that Hawthorne sees in "The Custom House." As one possible symbol of American independence, Sally Walden soars upward and onward: a figure who avoids the hagiography of sentimental maternity and the misogynist demonization of its masculine rescripting.