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    #1

    ma'am

    I find in dictionary that ma'am is a
    "Formerly the ordinary respectful form of address to a married woman;"
    etc.
    In the example belove can be mother?

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    from: Proud and Prejudice
    "I believe, ma'am, I may safely promise you _never_ to dance with him."
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    Thanks,
    Mircea

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    #2

    Re: ma'am

    It's the slightly informal form of "madam" as far as I know.

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    #3

    Re: ma'am

    Yes, it could be her mother, people were more formal than they are today.

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    #4

    Re: ma'am

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Yes, it could be her mother, people were more formal than they are today.
    - it's her mother:

    "Another time, Lizzy," said her mother, "I would not dance
    with _him_, if I were you."

    "I believe, ma'am, I may safely promise you _never_ to dance
    with him."
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    #5

    Re: ma'am

    Thanks to all,
    Mircea

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