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damselling
 n.— «In his essay on Robert Walser, Coetzee refers to the pleasure the writer got from “damselling,” which he defines as “experiencing a feminine life imaginatively from the inside.” We are probably safe in saying that Coetzee is not damselling, as Anya appears to have the soul of a performer in a burlesque show.» —“The Shadow Line” by Hilary Mantel New York Review of Books Jan. 17, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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