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The House of Mirth
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  • Of course it was shocking for a married woman to borrow money—and Lily was expertly aware of the implication involved—but still, it was the mere MALUM PROHIBITUM which the world decries but condones, and which, though it may be punished by private vengeance, does not provoke the collective disapprobation of society.

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  • They decry poverty from their comfortable homes, but do little to combat it.
  • Don’t decry your own brother, my dear.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch

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