Alick [POLWORTH], one of the servants of Waverley.—Sir W. Scott: Waverley (time, George II.).

ALICIA gave her heart to Mosby, but married Arden for his position. As a wife, she played falsely with her husband, and even joined Mosby in a plot to murder him. Vacillating between love for Mosby and respect for Arden, she repents, and goes on sinning; wishes to get disentangled, but is overmastered by Mosby’s stronger will. Alicia’s passions impel her to evil, but her judgment accuses her and prompts her to the right course. She halts, and parleys with sin, like Balaam, and of course is lost.—Anon.: Arden of Feverskam (1592).

Alicia, “a laughing, toying, wheedling, whimpering she,” who once held lord Hastings under her distaff; but her annoying jealousy, “vexatious days, and jarring, joyless nights,” drove him away from her. Being jealous of Jane Shore, she accused her to the duke of Gloster of alluring lord Hastings from his allegiance, and the lord protector soon trumped up a charge against both; the lord chamberlain he ordered to execution for treason, and Jane Shore he persecuted for witchcraft. Alicia goes raving mad.—Rowe: Jane Shore (1713).

The king of Denmark went to see Mrs. Bellamy play “Alicia,” and fell into a sound sleep. The angry lady had to say, “O thou false lord!” and she drew near to the slumbering monarch, and shouted the words into the royal box. The king started, rubbed his eyes, and remarked that he would not have such a woman for his wife, though she had no end of kingdoms for a dowry.—Cornhill Magazine (1863).

Alicia (The lady), daughter of lord Waldemar Fitzarse.—Sir W. Scott: Ivanhoe (time, Richard I.).

Alifanfaron, emperor of the island Trapoban, a Mahometan, the suitor of Pentapolin’s daughter, a Christian. Pentapolin refused to sanction this alliance, and the emperor raised a vast army to enforce his suit. This is don Quixote’s solution of two flocks of sheep coming in opposite directions, which he told Sancho were the armies of Alifanfaron and Pentapolin.—Cervantes: Don Quixote, I. iii. 4 (1605).

Ajax the Greater had a similar encounter. (See AJAX TELAMON, p. 17.)

Alinda, daughter of Alphonso an irascible old lord of Segovia.—John Fletcher: The Pilgrim (1621).

(Alinda is the name assumed by young Archas when he dresses in woman’s attire. This young man is the son of general Archas, “the loyal subject” of the great duke of Moscovia, in a drama by John Flecher, called The Loyal Subject, 1618.)

Aliprando, a Christian knight, who discovered the armour of Rinaldo, and informed Godfrey of it. Both inferred that Rinaldo had been slain, but they were mistaken.—Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered (1575).

Aliris, sultan of Lower Bucharia, who, under the assumed name of Feramorz, accompanied Lalla Rookh from Delhi, on her way to be married to the sultan. He won her love, and amused the tedium of the journey by telling her tales. When introduced to the sultan, her joy was unbounded on discovering that Feramorz the poet was the sultan to whom she was betrothed.—Moore: Lalla Rookh (1817).

Alisaunder (Kyng), an Arthurian romance, included in Weber’s Collection. Probably of French origin.

Alisaunder (Sir), surn amed LORFELIN, son of the good prince Boudwine and his wife Anglides . Sir Mark king of Cornwall murdered his brother, sir Boudwine, while Alisaunder was a mere child. When Alisaunder was kinighted, his mother gave him his father’s doublet, “bedabbled with blood,” and charged him to revenge his father’s death. Alisaunder married Alis la Beale Pilgrim, and had one son, called Bellengerus le Beuse. Instead of fulfilling his mother’s charge, he was himself “falsely and feloniously slain” by king Mark.—Sir T. Malory: History of King Arthur, ii. 119–125 (1470).

Alison, the young wife of John, a rich old miserly carpenter. Absolon, a priggish parish clerk, paid her attention, but she herself loved a poor scholar named Nicholas, lodging in her husband’s house. Fair

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