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proverb
used in The Mill on the Floss

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a short saying — typically well-known and accepted by many as offering good advice
  • ...him to do either what she wishes, or the reverse; and on the composite impulses that were threatening to hurry Mr. Tulliver into "law," Mrs. Tulliver's monotonous pleading had doubtless its share of force; it might even be comparable to that proverbial feather which has the credit or discredit of breaking the camel's back; though, on a strictly impartial view, the blame ought rather to lie with the previous weight of feathers which had already placed the back in such imminent peril...
    2.2 -- Book 2 Chapter 2 -- The Christmas Holidays (71% in)

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