Classical Usage: Mrs. Touchett and Madame Merle are in disagreement about the pairing of Osmond and Isabel. In Chapter XXVI the latter is trying to list his assets, literally. “The early masters are now worht a good deal of money,” said Madame Merle, “and the daughter’s a very young and very innocent and very harmless person.” “In other words she’s an insipid little chit Is that what you mean? . . .” said said Mrs.Touchett.
Classically Mad Usage: I plan to refrain from calling my only daughter a little chit. I don’t think the world would understand it properly.