woman in a gilded cage


woman in a gilded cage
   a mistress
   In the 19th-century she might be provided with separate accommodation by her wealthy keeper:
    The companion of a girl's fall might himself be the utterer of a divine message... the woman... breaking away from her gilded cage. (H. Hunt, c.1854) In modern America, she may be the young (second or subsequent) bride of a much older wealthy man.

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