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Written by Mandy N
(1/28/2006 5:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch.3: Changing meanings of words, penned by Line
'-but come, give me a goblet of wine ; ye will not refuse to pledge me to the healths of your fair mistresses.'
'If ye knew that I adore her like a mistress...' (ch. 3)
Both times it is Manfred who uses the term 'mistress' in a less than respecatable sense-- reflects his attitude to women.
In Walpole's time, the term mistress had a wide range of meanings so I don't think your'e actually wrong.
I've just consulted Samuel Johnson' Dictionary. Selections from the 1755 work edited by J.Lynch. It lists no less than
Egs. of term 'Mistress' - A woman who governs, A woman skilled in anything, A woman beloved and courted, A term of contemptous address, and A whore, concubine.
In ch.2, Manfred remarked affairs of state weren't a woman's province so I doubt he's using the first term when he refers to Hippolita !
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