I suppose all phrases of mere compliment have their turn to be true. A man is occasionally grateful when he says "Thank you."
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Source Notes: The Mill on the Floss (book 6, "The Great Temptation"; chapter 2, "First Impressions") (1860).
George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Anne Evans (22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880), who was an English novelist. She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously. Female authors published freely under their own names, but Eliot wanted to ensure that she was not seen as merely a writer of romances. An additional factor may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes.
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