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date: 10 July 2020

Ainley, Miss Mary Ann, 

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The Oxford Companion to the Brontes
Author(s):
Herbert RosengartenHerbert Rosengarten

one of two old maids (the other is Miss *Mann) in Shirley befriended by Caroline *Helstone. Fifty years old, she lives alone. Her ugliness and poverty make her an object of mockery to some, but Caroline discovers that she is saintly by nature, and possessed of a ‘practical excellence’ that outweighs any lack of sophistication or intellect. She is summoned to ... ...

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