Victorian London - Women - 'Old Maids'

    ...  that women who had never had sexual commerce begin to droop when about twenty-five years of age, that they become pale and languid, that general weakness and irritation, a sort of restlessness, nervous fidgettyness takes possession of them, and an absorbing process goes on, their forms degenerate, their features sink, and the peculiar character of the old maid becomes apparent.

Richard Carlile, Every Woman's Book, 1838

see also George Sala in Twice Round the Clock - click here