Aikwood to Alban
Aikwood (Ringan), the forester of sir Arthur Wardour of Knockwinnock Castle.Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary (time, George III.).
Aimwell (Thomas, viscount), a gentlema n of broken fortune, who pays his addresses to Dorinda, daughter of lady Bountiful. He is very handsome and fascinating, but quite a man of the world. He and Archer are the two beaux of The Beaux Stratagem, a comedy by George Farquhar (1705).
I thought it rather odd that Holland should be the only mister of the party, and I said to myself, as Gibbet said when he heard that Aimwell had gone to church, That looks suspicious (act ii. sc. 2).James Smith: Memoirs, Letters, etc. (1840).
Aimwell, in Farquhars comedy of The Beaux Stratagem, seeks to repair his fortune by marrying an heiress. In this he succeeds. (See Beaux Stratagem.)
Aircastle, in The Cozeners, by S. Foote. The original of this rambling talker was Gahagan, whose method of conversation is thus burlesqued
Aircastle: Did I not tell you what parson Prunello said? I remember, Mrs. Lightfoot was by. She had been brought to bed that day was a month of a very fine boya bad birth; for Dr. Seeton, who served his time with Luke Lancet of GuisesThere was also a talk about him and Nancy the daughter. She afterwards married Will Whitlow, another apprentice, who had great expectations from an old uncle in the Grenadiers; but he left all to a distant relation, Kit Cable, a midshipman aboard the Torbay. She was lost coming home in the Channel. The captain was taken up by a coaster from Rye, loaded with cheese [Now, pray, what did parson Prunello say? This is a pattern of Mrs. Nicklebys rambling gossip.]
Airlie (The earl of), a royalist in the service of king Charles I.Sir W. Scott: Legend of Montrose.
Ajax Oileus, son of Oïleus [O.i.luce], generally called the less. In consequence of his insolence to Cassandra, the prophetic daughter of Priam, his ship was driven on a rock, and he perished at sea.Homer: Odyssey, iv. 507; Virgil: Æneid, i. 41.
Ajax Telamon. Sophoclês has a tragedy called Ajax, in which the madman. scourges a ram he mistakes for Ulysses. His encounter with a flock of sheep, which he fancied in his madness to be the sons of Atreus, has been mentioned at greater or less length by several Greek and Roman poets. Don Quixote had a similar adventure. This Ajax is introduced by Shakespeare in his drama called Troilus and Cressida. (See Alifanfaron, p. 26.)
The frantic paladin of France [Orlando Furioso];
And those more ancient [Sophoclês and Seneca] do enhance
Alcidês in his fury [Herculês Furens];
And others, Ajax Telamon;
But to this time there hath been none
So bedlam as our Oberon;
Of which I dare assure you.
Drayton: Nymphidia (15631631).
Ajut and Anningait, in The Rambler.
Campbell: Pleasures of Hope, ii. (1799).
Alaciel, the genius who went on a voyage to the two islands, Taciturnia and Merryland [London and Paris].De la Dixmerie: Lisle Taciturne et lisle Enjouæe, ou Voyage du Génie Alaciel dans les deux Iles (1759).
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