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Melmotte, Madame

A Bohemian Jewess, who strove valiantly, but with no success, to assist in her husband’s ambitious social plans, and to aid in securing an advantageous marriage for his daughter Marie. She feared and hated her husband, and soon after his suicide married his confidential clerk, with whom she emigrated to America.

."She was fat and fair ...but she had the Jewish nose and the Jewish contraction of the eyes .... There was certainly very little ... to recommend her, unless it was a readiness to spend money on any object that might he suggested to her by her new acquaintances. It sometimes seemed that she had a commission from her husband to give away presents to any who would accept them"