What does this idiom from Pride and Prejudice mean?

"But we must stem the tide of malice, and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other the balm of sisterly consolation"

3 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    It is a very formal, British way to say we must stop ("stem the tide of") being mean and cruel ("malice") and heal the hurting ("pour into the wounded bosoms") with the understanding that only girls have for each other ("the balm of sisterly consolation") .

    Source(s): me
  • pat z
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Instead of fighting with one another (malice), we wounded sisters should console each other and find comfort in doing so.

    In short: sisters are doing it for themselves!

    Source(s): Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin.
  • 7 years ago

    Us sisters gotta stick together. Bro.

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