(Florence). A motherless child, hungering and thirsting
to be loved, but regarded with frigid indifference by her father, who
thinks that sons alone are worthy of his regard. (Dickens: Dombey and Son.)
A self-sufficient, purse-proud, frigid merchant, who feels
satisfied there is but one Dombey in the world, and that is himself. (Dickens: Dombey and Son.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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