"That is perfectly natural, and quite harmless, if the liking does not become a passion and lead one to do foolish or unmaidenly things.
Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands," said Mrs.
How mean, how unmaidenly
, how unsisterly the thought!
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?': Courtly and Carnal Language in Hemingway's Across the River and into the Trees" The Hemingway Review, vol.
I knew she could not be unmaidenly
; and yet I yearned for conviction.
Mary Ellen will not only defy her brother's command that she return to the city with him but will also engage in the most unmaidenly
plan to run off with a married man, Peter Hale.
Callisto was at the same time flattered and perplexed; still more disconcerted when the pseudo-Diana interrupted her girlish chatter with unmaidenly
kisses and embraces.
So that switches the emphasis from chivalric behavior, what's expected of a knight or a hero or a good detective, to the issue of Carmen's promiscuity--her unmaidenly
behavior--from male honor to female dishonor.
Songs in foreign languages, like songs in Scots dialect, provide a certain latitude for sexual subjects unmaidenly
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?': Courtship and Carnal Language in Hemingway's Across the River and into the Trees'.' The Hemingway Review 33.1 (Fall 2013): 44-60.
Renata's portrait thus provides Cantwell an opportunity to maneuver drunkenly through the overlapping expressions of true love and sexual desire without appearing "rough" or making Renata seem "unmaidenly." Rather than behaving virtuously before her image (Brenner 157), the dying Colonel is able to approximate le petit mort with a surrogate of his beloved in preparation for le grand mort.
However, the Colonel reminds himself carefully: "I mustn't get rough" He even attempts to safeguard the portrait's reputation by advising it to turn around as he undresses: "You better look the other way so that you will not be unmaidenly" (180).