Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers
, chapter 16:
"You are quite a philosopher, Sam," said Mr. Pickwick.
"It runs in the family, I b'lieve, sir," replied Mr. Weller. "My father's wery much in that line now. If my mother-in-law blows him up, he whistles. She flies in a passion, and breaks his pipe; he steps out, and gets another. Then she screams wery loud, and falls into 'sterics; and he smokes wery comfortably till she comes to agin. That's philosophy, Sir, ain't it?"
"Mother-in-law" in Dickens is what we call stepmother.