Julie to J'y suis et j'y reste

Julie, the heroine of Molière’s comedy entitled Mons. de Pourceaugnac (1669).

Julie, the heroine of J. J. Rousseau’s novel entitled Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse (1760). The prototype was the comtesse d’Houdetot. Julie had a pale complexion, a graceful figure, a profusion of light brown hair, and her near-sightedness gave her “a charming mixture of gaucherie and grace.” Rosseau went every morning to meet her, that he might receive from her that single kiss with which Frenchwomen salute a friend. One day, when Rousseau told her that she might innocently love others besides her husband, she naively replied, “Je pourrais donc aimer mon pauvre St. Lambert.” Lord Byron has made her familiar to English readers.

His love was passion’s essence…
This breathed itself to life in Julie; this
Invested her with all that’s wild and sweet;
This hallowed, too, the memorable kiss
Which every morn his fevered lip would greet
From her’s, who but with friendship his would meet.
   —Byron:Childe Harold, iii. 79 (1816).

N.B.—Julie was in love with St. Preux; and the object of Rousseau’s novel is to invest vice with an air of attraction.

To make madness beautiful, and cast
O’er erring deeds and thoughts a heavenly hue
Of words, like sunbeams, dazzling as they pass.

Julie de Mortemar, an orphan, ward of Richelieu, loved by king Louis XIII., count Baradas, and Adrien de Mauprat, the last of whom she married. After many hair-breadth escapes and many a heart-ache, the king allowed the union and blessed the happy pair.—Lord Lytton: Richelieu (1839).

Juliet, daughter of lady Capulet of Verona, in love with Romeo son of Montague, a rival house. As the parents could not be brought to sanction the alliance, the whole intercourse was clandestine. In order that Juliet might get from the house and meet Romeo at the cell of Friar Laurence, she took a sleeping draught, and was carried to the family vault. The intention was that on waking she should repair to the cell and get married; but Romeo, seeing her in the vault, killed himself from grief; and when Juliet woke and found Romeo dead, she killed herself also.—Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (1598).

C. H. Wilson says of Mrs. Baddeley (1742–1780) that her “‘Juliet’ was never surpassed.” W. Donaldson, in his Recollections, says that “Miss O’Neill made her first appearance in Covent Garden Theatre in 1815 as ‘Juliet,’ and never was such an impression made before by any actress whatsoever.” Miss Fanny Kemble and Miss Helen Faucit were both excellent in the same character.

The doating fondness and silly peevishness of the nurse tends [sic] to relieve the soft and affectionate character of “Juliet,” and to place her before the audience in a point of view which those who have seen Miss O’Neill perform “Juliet” know how to appreciate—Sir W. Scott: The Drama.

Juliet, the lady beloved by Claudie brother of Isabella.—Shakespeare: Measure for Measure (1603).

Julio, a noble gentleman, in love with Lelia a wanton widow.—Beaumont and Fletcher: The Captain (1603).

Julio of Harancour, “the deaf and dumb” boy, ward of Darlemont. Darlemont gets possession of Julio’s inheritance, and abandons him in the streets of Paris; but he is rescued by the abbé De L’Epée, who brings him up, and gives him the name of Theodore. Julio grows up a noble-minded and intelligent young man, is recognized by the Franval family, and Darlemont confesses that “the deaf and dumb” boy is the count of Harancour.—Holcroft: The Deaf and Dumb (1785).

Julius (St.), a British martyr of Caerleon or the City of Legions (Newport, in South Wales). He was torn limb from limb by Maximianus Herculius, general of the army of Diocletian in Britain. Two churches were founded in the City of Legions—one in honour of St. Julius, and one in honour of St. Aaron, his fellow-martyr.


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