Miss Emmerson, the maiden aunt of Julia, withdrew from the door, where she had been conversing with Mr.
Whatever might be the composure of the maiden aunt, while Julia was weeping in her chamber over the long separation that was now to exist between herself and her friend, young Weston by no means displayed the same philosophic indifference.
It was a lonely house--Natalie had told them about it--no neighbors near; nobody by to interfere but the weak old father and the maiden aunt
. Something ought to be done.
In the meantime the girl had gone straight home, light as a bird, tremulous with joy, to the little cottage where she lived alone with a maiden aunt
; and to that lady, a grim, sixty years old Scotchwoman, with a nodding head, communicated news of her encounter and invitation.
Undoubtedly it was singular, that if Miss Knag did feel a strong interest in Kate Nickleby, it should not rather have been the interest of a maiden aunt
or grandmother; that being the conclusion to which the difference in their respective ages would have naturally tended.
My mother, being at once highly accomplished, well informed, and fond of employment, took the whole charge of our education on herself, with the exception of Latin--which my father undertook to teach us--so that we never even went to school; and, as there was no society in the neighbourhood, our only intercourse with the world consisted in a stately tea-party, now and then, with the principal farmers and tradespeople of the vicinity (just to avoid being stigmatized as too proud to consort with our neighbours), and an annual visit to our paternal grandfather's; where himself, our kind grandmamma, a maiden aunt
, and two or three elderly ladies and gentlemen, were the only persons we ever saw.
What do you think, for instance, of his discussing the lengths to which a married woman might let her admiration go for a man who was not her husband, and putting it in his clear-headed witty French way to the maiden aunt
of the Vicar of Frizinghall?
This sickened her of America, and she came back to live with a maiden aunt
at Pinner, in Middlesex.
She did pity the Davis girls, who were awkward, plain, and destitute of escort, except a grim papa and three grimmer maiden aunts
, and she bowed to them in her friendliest manner as she passed, which was good of her, as it permitted them to see her dress, and burn with curiosity to know who her distinguished-looking friend might be.
In another such example, Miller discusses the stereotype of the "maiden aunt
" thoroughly, even quoting the definition found in the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture--with a number of secondary sources backing her up.
The only fresh nipples I ever saw sulked together behind the webbing of the vest given to me as a Christmas present by a maiden aunt
of pulsing religious passion, who was saving herself for the afterlife.
There was gritty humour, too, some of it dressed up in language which may shock your maiden aunt
. But any bad language was appropriate in the context of the script.