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Mrs (Cleopatra) Skewton

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Mrs (Cleopatra) Skewton
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Mother of Edith Granger who is 70 years old but tries to appear much younger through the use of cosmetics and various devices. Dickens describes Mrs Skewton, in being dismantled for bed by her maid, taking off of paint, clothes, wig, etc as being "tumbled into ruins like a house of painted cards". Edith resents her mother who has packaged Edith to lure rich gentlemen from a child.

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