Hawk (Sir Mulberry), the bear-leader of lord Frederick Verisopht. He is a most unprincipled roué, who sponges on his lordship, snubs him, and despises him. “Sir Mulberry was remarkable for his tact in ruining young gentlemen of fortune.”

With all the boldness of an original genius, sir Mulberry had struck out an entirely new course of treatment, quite opposed to the usual method, his custom being … to keep down those he took in hand, and to give them their own way … Thus he made them his butts in a double sense, for he emptied them with good address, and made them the laughing-stocks of society. —Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby, xix.(1838).

Hawk. To know a hawk from a hand-saw, a corruption of “from a hernshaw” (i.e. a heron), meaning that one is so ignorant that he does not know a hawk from a heron—the bird of prey from the game flown at. The Latin proverb is,Ignorat quid distent æra lupinis (“He does not know sterling money from counters”). Counters used in games were by the Romans called “lupins.”

Hawkeye. So Deerslayer (Natty Bumppo) is called by the red man, or Mingo.—Fenimore Cooper: The Deerslayer, chap. vii.(1841).

Hawkins, boatswain of the pirate vessel.—Sir W.Scott: The Pirate (time, William III.).

Hawthorn, a jolly, generous old fellow, of jovial spirit, and ready to do any one a kindness; consequently, everybody loves him. He is one of those rare, unselfish beings, who “loves his neighbour better than himself.”—Bickerstaff: Love in a Village (1762).

Dignum[1765–1827], in such parts as “Hawthorn,” was superior to every actor since the days of Beard.—Dictionary of Musicians.

Hay (Colonel), in the king’s army.— Sir W. Scott: Legend of Montrose (time, Charles I.).

Hay (John), fisherman near Ellangowan.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (time George II.).

Haydn could never compose a single bar of music unless he could see on his finger the diamond ring given him by Frederick II.

Haysel or Haysele, means the hay-time or season; as barksel is, the season for stripping the oak bark for tanning. (Anglo-Saxon, sæl, “season,” “time.”) In East Anglia these terms are still in use— men give each other “the sæl of the day;” and speaking of a scapegrace’s irregularities, he is said to come in “at all meals and sæls.”

Hayston (Frank), laird of Bucklaw and afterwards of Girnington. In order to retrieve a broken fortune, a marriage was arranged between Hayston and Lucy Ashton. Lucy, being told that her plighted lover (Edgar master of Ravenswood) was unfaithful, assented to the family arrangement, but stabbed her husband on the wedding night went mad, and died. Frank Hayston recovered from his wound and went abroad.—Sir W.Scott: Bride of Lammermoor (time, William III.).

(In Donizetti’s opera, Hayston is called “Arturio.”)

Hazlewood (Sir Robert), the old baronet of Hazlewood.

Charles Hazlewood, son of sir Robert. In love with Lucy Bertram, whom he marries.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (time, George II.).

Headed. Soft-headed. To have one’s upper rooms unfurnished. In French, Avoir bien des Chambres à louet dans sa tête.

Headings of a Chapter (The,) a brief summary of the Contents. The Heads of a sermon are its main divisions; the heads of a speech, the items dwelt on.

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