Clitandre, a wealthy bourgeois, in love with Henriette, “the thorou gh woman,” by whom he is beloved with fervent affection. Her elder sister Armande also loves him, but her love is of the Platonic hue, and Clitandre prefers in a wife the warmth of woman’s love to the marble of philosophic ideality.—Molière: Les Femmes Savantes (1672).

Cloacina, the presiding personification of city sewers. (Latin, cloaca, “a sewer.”)

…Cloacina, goddess of the tide Whose sable streams beneath the city glide.
   —Gay: Trivia, ii. (1712).

Cloddipole , “the wisest lout of all the neighbouring plain.” Appointed to decide the contention between Cuddy and Lobbin Clout.

From Cloddipole we learn to read the skies, To know when hail will fall, or winds arise. He taught us erst the heifer’s tail to view, When struck aloft that showers would straight ensue. He first that useful secret did explain, That pricking corns foretell the gathering rain; When swallows fleet soar high and sport in air, He told us that the welkin would be clear.
   —Gay: Pastoral, i. (1714).

(Cloddipole is the “Palæmon” of Virgil’s Bucolic iii.)

Clodio (Count), a dishonourable pursuer of Zenocia, the chaste trothplight wife of Arnoldo.—Fletcher: The Custom of the Country (1647).

Clodio, the younger son of don Antonio, a coxcomb and braggart. Always boasting of his great acquaintances, his conquests, and his duels. His snuff-box he thinks more of than his lady-love, he interlards his speech with French, and exclaims “Split me!” by way of oath. Clodio was to have married Angelina, but the lady preferred his elder brother Carlos, a bookworm, and Clodio engaged himself to Elvira of Lisbon.—Cibber: Love Makes a Man (1694).

Clodpole. Ploughshare and Clodpole are two adventurers whose absurdities, in their “Journey to London,” are described in Bumkin’s Disaster by J. Strutt (1808).

Cloe, in love with the shepherd Thenot, but Thenot rejects her suit out of admiration of the constancy of Clorinda for her dead lover. Cloe is wanton, coarse, and immodest, the very reverse of Clorinda, who is a virtuous, chaste, and faithful shepherdess. (“Thenot,” the final t is sounded.)—John Fletcher: The Faithful Shepherdess (1610). (See Chloe).

Clora, sister to Fabritio the merry soldier, and the sprightly companion of Frances (sister to Frederick).—Beaumont and Fletcher: The Captain (1613).

Cloridano, a humble Moorish youth, who joined Medoro in seeking the body of king Dardinello to bury it. Medoro being wounded, Cloridano rushed madly into the ranks of the enemy and was slain.—Ariosto: Orlando Furioso (1516).

Clorinda, daughter of Senapus of Ethiopia (a Christian). Being born white, her mother changed h er for a black child. The eunuch Arsetes was entrusted with the infant Clorinda, and as he was going through a forest, saw a tiger, dropped the child, and sought safety in a tree. The tiger took the babe and suckled it, after which the eunuch carried the child to Egypt. In the siege of Jerusalem by the crusaders, Clorinda was a leader of the pagan forces. Tancred fell in love with her, but slew her unknowingly in a night attack. Before she expired she received Christian baptism at the hands of Tancred, who greatly mourned her death.—Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered, xii. (1675).

(The story of Clorinda is borrowed from the Theaganês and Chariclea of Heliodorus bishop of Trikka.)

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