Rachel

“I think it so ugly.”

“It’s the prettiest name in the Bible, and the name most fit for poetic use. Who does not remember Rachel weeping for her children?”

“That’s the idea and not the name. Ruth is twice prettier and Mary the sweetest of all.”

(Anthony Trollope, Rachel Ray, 1863)

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Ruth

“How singular it is,” said he, “that the name of Ruth is so seldom chosen by those good people who go to the Bible before they christen their children. It is a very pretty name, I think.”

(Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth, 1853