Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The town has tinged the country, and the stain
Appears a spot upon a vestal’s robe,
The worse for what it soils.
Cowper.—The Task, Book IV. Line 553.

1.The town talks of nothing else,
2.I am very sorry, ma’am, the town has so little to do.
Sheridan.—The School for Scandal, Act I. Scene 1.