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Bower-woman (A)

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A lady’s maid and companion. The attendants were admitted to considerable freedom of speech, and were treated with familiarity and kindness. (“Bower” to rhyme with flower.)

“‘This maiden,ʹ replied Eveline, ‘is my bower-woman, and acquainted with my most inward thoughts. I beseech you to permit her presence at our conference.ʹ”—Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed, chap. xi.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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