Household Words to Hubberd

Household Words, a weekly periodical by Charles Dickens (1850–1857); it gave place to Once a Week, which, since 1859, has been called All the Year Round.

Houssain (Prince), the elder brother of prince Ahmed. He possessed a carpet of such wonderful powers that if any one sat upon it it would transport him in a moment to any place he liked. Prince Houssain bought this carpet at Bisnagar, in India.—Arabian Nights (“Ahmed and Paribanou”). The wish of the penman is to him like prince Houssain’s tapestry in the Eastern fable.—Sir W. Scott.

Solomon’s carpet (q.v.) possessed the same locomotive power.

Houyhnhnms [Whinims], a race of horses endowed with human reason, and bearing rule over the race of man.—Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (1726).

“True, true, ay, too true,” replied the Domine, his houyhnhnm laugh sinking into an hysterical giggle.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (1815).

How they brought the Good News from Ghent (16—), a ballad by R. Browning (1845). A purely imaginary incident.

Howard, in the court of Edward IV.—Sir W. Scott: Anne of Geierstein (time, Edward IV.).

Howatson (Luckie), midwife at Ellangowan.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (time, George II.).

Howden (Mrs.), saleswoman.—Sir W. Scott: Heart of Midlothian (time, George II.).

Howe (Miss), the friend of Clarissa Harlowe, to whom she presents a strong Contrast. She has more worldly wisdom and less abstract principle. In questions of doubt, Miss Howe would suggest some practical solution, while Clarissa was mooning about hypothetical contingencies. She is a girl of high spirit, disinterested friendship, and sound common sense.—Richardson: Clarissa Harlowe (1749).

Howel or Hoel, king of the West Welsh in the tenth century, surnamed “the Good.” He is a very famous king, especially for his code of laws. This is not the Howel or Hoel of Arthurian romance, who was duke of Armorica in the sixth century.

What Mulmutian laws, or Martian, ever were More excellent than those which our good Howel here Ordained to govern Wales?
   —Drayton: Polyolbion, ix. (1612).

Howie (Jamie), bailie to Malcolm Bradwardine of Inchgrabbit.—Sir W. Scott: Waverley (time, George II.).

Howlaglass (Master), a preacher and friend of justice Maulstatute.—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak (time, Charles II.).

Howleglas (Father), the abbot of Unreason, in the revels held at Kennaquhair Abbey.—Sir W. Scott: The Abbot (time, Elizabeth).

Howleglass, a clever rascal. Called “Howleglass,” the hero of an old German jest-book, popular in England in the reign of queen Elizabeth. (See Tyll.)

Hoyden (Miss), a lively, ignorant, romping, country girl.—Vanbrugh: The Relapse (1697). (This was Mrs. Jordan’s great character.)

Hoyden (Miss), daughter of sir Tunbelly Clumsy, a green, ill-educated, country girl, living near Scarborough. She is promised in marriage to lord Fop pington, but as his lordship is not personally known either by the knight or his daughter, Tom Fashion, the nobleman’s younger brother, passes himself off as lord Foppington, is admitted into the family, and marries the heiress.—Sheridan: A Trip to Scarborough (1777).

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