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Moll Flanders

A woman of extra-ordinary beauty, born in the Old Bailey. She was twelve years a courtesan, five times a wife, twelve years a thief, eight years a transport in Virginia; but ultimately grew rich, lived honestly, and died a penitent. (Charles II.'s reign.) (See Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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