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SPINSTER. An addition given, in legal writings, to a woman who never was married. Lovel. on Wills, 269.

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Austen wrote Persuasion just after the eighteenth century, the period in which the spinster figure developed her stigma.
Spinster addresses these questions through a lively mixture of memoir and biography.
Married Sisters doesn't sound as good as Spinster Sisters," laughed Perkins.
For me, it is better to be dubbed a spinster than to live in misery then get divorced " the same society that blames me for being a spinster will then blame me for being a divorced woman.
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A major drug smuggler is back behind bars for dealing heroin to a thug who murdered an 83-year-old spinster.
At the compound where she will live the privileged life of a Spinster under the Creweler and the Guild, Adelice finds herself fighting against everything they stand for.
Proud spinster Mary Punchon lived independently for more than a century and now living at the Chesters Care Home in Low Fell.
In this instance, a lady who had given birth to a baby boy was apparently 'wished bad luck' by the 'evil glance' in the eye of a childless spinster neighbour.
AN 83-YEAR-OLD spinster carried by firemen from her flooded home is trying to come to terms with her ordeal.
The actress stars as bitter spinster Sarah O'Brien, Lady Grantham's scheming lady's maid, on the UTV series.
Brewster's family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men (as an "act of kindness") by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and "just a pinch" of cyanide.