Fair Penitent to Falsetto

Fair Penitent (The), a tragedy by Row e (1703). Calista was daughter of lord Sciolto, and bride of lord Altamont. It was discovered on the wedding day that she had been seduced by Lothario. This led to a duel between the bridegroom and the libertine, in which Lothario was killed; a street riot ensued, in which Sciolto received his death-wound; and Calista, “the fair penitent,” stabbed herself. This drama is a mere réchauffé of Massinger’s Fatal Dowry.

For Fair Maids and Fair—, see the proper name or titular name.

Fairbrother (Mr.), counsel of Effie Deans at the trial.—Sir W. Scott: Heart of Midlothian (time, George II.).

Fairfax (Thomas lord), father of the duchess of Buckingham.—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak (time, Charles II.).

Fairfield, the miller, and father of Patty “the maid of the mill.” An honest, straightforward man, grateful and modest.—Bickerstaff: The Maid of the Mill (1765).

Fairfield (Leonard), in My Novel, by lord Lytton (1853); a bookseller’s hack who becomes an eminent author.

Fairford (Mr. Alexander or Saunders), a lawyer.

Allan Fairford, a young barrister, son of Saunders, and a friend of Darsie Latimer. He marries Lilias Redgauntlet, sister of sir Arthur Darsie Redgauntlet, called “Darsie Latimer.”

Peter Fairford, Allan’s cousin.—Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet (time, George III.).

Fairleigh (Frank), the pseudonym of F. E. Smedley, editor of Sharpe’s London Magazine (1848, 1849). It was in this magazine that Smedley’s two novels, Frank Fairleigh and Lewis Arundel, were first published.

Fairlimb, sister of Bitelas, and daughter of Rukenaw the ape, in the beast-epic called Reynard the Fox (1498).

Fairscrieve, clerk of Mr. James Middleburgh, a magistrate of Edinburgh.—Sir W. Scott: Heart of Midlothian (time, George II.).

Fairservice (Mr.), a magistrate’s clerk.—Sir W. Scott: Heart of Midlothian (time, George II.).

Fairservice (Andrew), the humorous Scotch gardener of sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone, of Osbaldistone Hall.—Sir W. Scott: Rob Roy (time, George I.).

Overflowing with a humour as peculiar in its way as the humours of Andrew Fairservice.—London Athenaum.

Fairstar (Princess), daughter of queen Blondina (who had at one birth two boys and a girl, all “with stars on their fo reheads, and a chain of gold about their necks”). On the same day, Blondina’s sister Brunetta ( wife of the king’s brother) had a son, afterwards called Chery. The queen-mother, wishing to destroy these four children, ordered Feintisa to strangle them, but Feintisa sent them adrift in a boat, and told the queen-mother they were gone. It so happened that the boat was seen by a corsair, who brought the children to his wife Corsina to bring up. The corsair soon grew immensely rich, because every time the hair of these children was combed, jewels fell from their heads. When grown up, these castaways went to the land of their royal father and his brother, but Chery was for a while employed in getting for Fairstar (1) The dancing water, which had the gift of imparting beauty; (2) The singing apple, which had the gift of imparting wit; and (3) The green bird, which could reveal all secrets. By this bird the story of their birth was made known, and Fairstar married her cousin Chery.—Comtesse D’Aulnoy: Fairy Tales (“Princess Fairstar,” 1682).

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