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so called from the carpet's having been a symbol of luxury and effeminacy
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“Carpet knight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpet%20knight. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.
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