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MAIDEN. The name of an instrument formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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There was great joy at their coming, and the prince flew to meet them, and lifted the maid from her horse, thinking she was the one who was to be his wife; and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber; but the true princess was told to stay in the court below.
allow me," said the maid, who on her knees was pulling the skirt straight and shifting the pins from one side of her mouth to the other with her tongue.
Meanwhile the real Maid Marian discovers that the venison has been sent away to Mother Maudlin's.
"The Princess won't like it," said the maid, hesitating.
After a short interval spent by Sophia, chiefly in crying, and assuring her maid that she was perfectly easy, Susan arrived with an account that the horses were ready, when a very extraordinary thought suggested itself to our young heroine, by which Mr Jones would be acquainted with her having been at the inn, in a way which, if any sparks of affection for her remained in him, would be at least some punishment for his faults.
Now the maid Zinita watched him till he was gone, and love of him entered into her heart--a love that was fierce and jealous and strong.
"Maid of honor to the young madame!" repeated Madame de Saint-Remy, still but half convinced.
The girl, therefore, threw a ball at one of the maids, which missed her and fell into deep water.
When the bride saw it she wanted to have it, but the maid would only give it her on condition that she should sleep for the third time by the Prince's door.
I am going to ring for my maid. Turn your back to the door--your cowardly face is not fit to be seen!'
The Story of a Mistress and a Maid? If that meant anything, it meant the story of Mrs.
Only when the lark shall mate with the nightingale, and the honey-bee and the clock-beetle keep house together, shall I wed another maid. Fair maybe she will not be, though fair to me.