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Minerva Press

(The). A printing establishment in Leadenhall Street, London, famous about a century ago for its trashy, ultra-sentimental novels. These novels were remarkable for their complicated plots, and especially for the labyrinths of difficulties into which the hero and heroine got involved before they could get married to each other.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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