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Martin Chuzzlewitt
  • She was a widow, but years ago had passed through her state of weeds, and burst into flower again; and in full bloom she had continued ever since; and in full bloom she was now” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 3).

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This quotation is a description of Mrs. Lupin, the landlady of the Blue Dragon public house.

 

Character Profile: Mrs. Lupin.

In the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit, Mrs. Lupin runs the Blue Dragon, a public house in a village just outside the Wiltshire town of Salisbury. Widowed early, she retains youthful good looks and a self-assurance capable of running the business by herself. Lupin employs the good-humoured Mark Tapley, and later marries him, after which the inn is renamed the Jolly Tapley.

Source.

Taken from the following passage in Chapter 3 (IN WHICH CERTAIN OTHER PERSONS ARE INTRODUCED; ON THE SAME TERMS AS IN THE LAST CHAPTER) of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit:

The mistress of the Blue Dragon was in outward appearance just what a landlady should be: broad, buxom, comfortable, and good looking, with a face of clear red and white, which, by its jovial aspect, at once bore testimony to her hearty participation in the good things of the larder and cellar, and to their thriving and healthful influences. She was a widow, but years ago had passed through her state of weeds, and burst into flower again; and in full bloom she had continued ever since; and in full bloom she was now; with roses on her ample skirts, and roses on her bodice, roses in her cap, roses in her cheeks,—aye, and roses, worth the gathering too, on her lips, for that matter. She had still a bright black eye, and jet black hair; was comely, dimpled, plump, and tight as a gooseberry; and though she was not exactly what the world calls young, you may make an affidavit, on trust, before any mayor or magistrate in Christendom, that there are a great many young ladies in the world (blessings on them one and all!) whom you wouldn’t like half as well, or admire half as much, as the beaming hostess of the Blue Dragon.

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