The Diary and Correspondence of Henry Crabb Robinson, who lived 17751867. Published posthumously 1869.
Diavolo (Fra), Michele Pozza, insurgent of Calabria (17601806).Auber: Fra Diavolo (libretto by Scribe, 1836).
Dibble (Davie), gardener at Monkbarns.Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary (time, George III.).
Dibutades , a potter of Sicyon, whose daughter traced on the wall her lovers shadow, cast there by the light of a lamp. This, it is said, is the origin of portrait-painting. The father applied the same process to his pottery, and this, it is said, is the origin of sculpture in relief.
Will the arts ever have a lovelier origin than that fair daughter of Dibutades tracing the beloved shadow on the wall?Ouida: Ariadné, i. 6.
Dicæa, daughter of Jove, the accusing angel of classic mythology.
Phineas Fletcher: The Purple Island, vi. (1633).
Diccon the Bedlamite, a halfmad mendicant, both knave and thief. A specimen of the metre and spelling will be seen by part of Diccons speech
And many a good mans house have I bin at in my dais:
Many a gossips cup in my tyme have I tasted,
And many a broche and spyt have I both turned and basted
When I saw it booted nit, out at doores I hyed mee,
And caught a slyp of bacon when I saw none spyed mee,
Which I intend not far hence, unless my purpose fayle,
Shall serve for a shoing horne to draw on two pots of ale.
Diccon the Bedlamite (1552).
Dicilla, one of Logistillas handmaids, noted for her chastity.Ariosto: Orlando Furioso (1516).
Dick, ostler at the Seven Stars inn, York.Sir W. Scott: Heart of Midlothian (time, George II.).
Dick, called The Devils Dick of Hellgarth; a falconer and follower of the earl of Douglas.Sir W. Scott: Fair Maid of Perth (time, Henry IV.).
Dick (Mr.), an amiable, half-witted man, devoted to Davids aunt, Miss Betsey Trotwood, who thinks him a prodigious genius. Mr. Dick is especially mad on the subject of Charles I.Dickens: David Copperfield (1849).
Dick Amlet, the son of Mrs. Amlet, a rich, vulgar tradeswoman. Dick assumes the airs of a fine gentleman, and calls himself colonel Shapely, in which character he gets introduced to Corinna, the daughter of Gripe, a rich scrivener. Just as he is about to elope, his mother makes her appearance, and the deceit is laid bare; but Mrs. Amlet promises to give her son £10,000, and so the wedding is adjusted. Dick is a regular scamp, and wholly without principle; but being a dashing young blade, with a handsome person, he is admired by the ladies.Vanbrugh: The Confederacy (1695).
John Palmer was the Dick Amlet, and John Bannister the roguish servant, Brass.James Smith (1790).
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