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an ugly, frightening old woman

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an ugly evil-looking old woman

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a woman of advanced age

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says Judy, making an ancient snap at her like a very sharp old beldame.
Jurgis was willing, and so was Duane, and so they went to one of the high-class poolrooms where brokers and merchants gambled (with society women in a private room), and they put up ten dollars each upon a horse called "Black Beldame," a six to one shot, and won.
Whether, therefore, they are born birds, or are made such by enchantment and are nothing but beldames transformed into fowls by a Marsian spell, they came into the chambers of Proca [the future king of Alba Longa].
The court physician with his cringing back And coward sneer, the leader of the pack While titled beldames their assistance brought And the young Queen smiled blithely on the sport.
Near the green edge of this recess We made our halt, and marvelled, more Than at its sudden loveliness, To find reborn that life of yore When ocean to Nausicaa bore The wanderer from Calypso strayed,-- For here swart dames, and beldames hoar, With many a round-limbed supple maid, Plashed in the pool and eyed us unafraid.
Eamon Duffy has already suggested that "the reversability of whitewashing was an established fact," both among iconoclasts, and among those who resisted them: in the early 1580s "some well wishers" of the older tradition had rubbed at the whitewash covering a painting of the Passion of Christ in Chichester Cathedral so that it was now "almost as bright as ever it was"; while the curate of Ashford in Kent was accused of having improperly destroyed a wooden font cover painted with popish images by causing it to be merely "slubbered over with a white wash that in an hour may be undone," so that it stood "like a Dianae's shrine for a future hope and daily comfort of old popish beldames and yong perking papists.
IT would probably have made the good beldames of Salem shred their wimples if they had known that, 300- odd years after they took the trouble to flambe any they found, the local witches have the right to reply.