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strata
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
layers

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levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
  • This was part of Bessy's weakness that stirred Mrs. Glegg's sisterly compassion: Bessy went far too well dressed, considering; and she was too proud to dress her child in the good clothing her sister Glegg gave her from the primeval strata of her wardrobe; it was a sin and a shame to buy anything to dress that child, if it wasn't a pair of shoes.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (30% in)
  • One would need to be learned in the fashions of those times to know how far in the rear of them Mrs. Glegg's slate-colored silk gown must have been; but from certain constellations of small yellow spots upon it, and a mouldy odor about it suggestive of a damp clothes-chest, it was probable that it belonged to a stratum of garments just old enough to have come recently into wear.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (6% in)

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