Lisa to Little Red Riding-Hood

Lisa, an innkeeper’s daughter, who wishes to marry E lvino a wealthy farmer; but Elvino is in love with Amina. Suspicious circumstances make Elvino renounce his true love and promise marriage to Lisa; but the suspicion is shown to be causeless, and Lisa is discovered to be the paramour of another. So Elvino returns to his first love, and Lisa is left to Alessio, with whom she had been living previously.—Bellini: La Sonnambula, an opera (1831).

Lisboa or Lisboa, Lisbon.

Lisette. Les Infidélités de Lisette and Les Gueux are the two songs which, in 1813, gained for Béranger admission to the “Caveau,” a club of Paris, established in 1729 and broken up in 1749; it was re-established in 1806, and finally closed in 1817.

Les Infidélités supposes that Béranger loved Lisette, who bestowed her favours on sundry admirers; and Béranger, at each new proof of infidelity, “drowned his sorrow in the bowl.”

Lisette, ma Lisette,
Tu m’as trompé toujours;
Mais vive la grisette!
Je veux, Lisette, Boire à nos amours.
   —Les Infidélités de Lisette.

Lismahago (Captain), a superannuated officer on half-pay, who marries Miss Tabitha Bramble for the sake of her £4000. He is a hard-featured, forbidding Scotchman, singular in dress, eccentric in manners, self-conceited, pedantic, disputatious, and rude. Though most tenacious in argument, he can yield to Miss Tabitha, whom he wishes to conciliate. Lismahago r minds one of don Quixote, but is sufficiently unlike to be original.—Smollett: The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771).

Lissardo, valet to don Felix. He is a conceited high-life-below-stairs fop, who makes love to Inis and Flora.—Mrs. Centlivre: The Wonder (1713). (See Flippanta, p. 374.)

Lee Lewes [1740–1803] played “Lissardo ’in the style of his great master [Woodward], and most divertingly.—Boaden: Life of Mrs. Siddons.

Lisuarte (The Exploits and Adventures of), part of the series of Le Roman des Romans, or that pertaining to “Amadis of Gaul.” This part was added by Juan Diaz.

Literary Forgers. (See Forgers and Forgeries, p. 382.)

Literary Men and their Wives. (See Married Men of Genius.)

Literature (Father of Modern French), Claude de Seyssel (1450–1520).

Father of German Literature, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781).

Littimer, the painfully irreproachable valet of Steerforth; in whose presence David Copperfield feels always most uncomfortably small. Though as a valet he is propriety in Sunday best, he is nevertheless cunning and deceitful. Steerforth, tired of “Little Em’ly,” wishes to marry her to Littimer; but from this lot she is rescued, and emigrates to Australia.—Dickens: David Copperfield (1849).

Little (Thomas). Thomas Moore published, in 1808, a volume of amatory poems under this name.

Tis Little!—young Catullus of his day,
As sweet but as immoral as his lay.
   —Byron: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809).

Little Billee. (See Billee, p. 120.)

Little Britain, Brittany; also called Armorica, and in Arthurian romance Benwicke or Benwick,

  By PanEris using Melati.

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