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proverb
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a short saying — typically well-known and accepted by many as offering good advice
  • —Italian Proverb.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (49% in)
  • ...want spiritual tobacco—bad emendations of old texts, or small items about a variety of Aphis Brassicae, with the well-known signature of Philomicron, for the 'Twaddler's Magazine;' or a learned treatise on the entomology of the Pentateuch, including all the insects not mentioned, but probably met with by the Israelites in their passage through the desert; with a monograph on the Ant, as treated by Solomon, showing the harmony of the Book of Proverbs with the results of modern research.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (49% in)
  • Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendoes.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (77% in)
  • —Spanish Proverb.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (28% in)
  • In the absence of any precise idea as to what railways were, public opinion in Frick was against them; for the human mind in that grassy corner had not the proverbial tendency to admire the unknown, holding rather that it was likely to be against the poor man, and that suspicion was the only wise attitude with regard to it.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (18% in)

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