I... chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.
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Source Notes: The Vicar of Wakefield (chapter 1, "The Description of the Family of Wakefield in Which a Kindred Likeness Prevails as Well of Minds as of Persons") (1766).
Oliver Goldsmith (November 10, 1730(?) April 4, 1774) was an Irish writer and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770) (written in memory of his brother), and his plays The Good-natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1773).