Lorenzo to Lotte

Lorenzo, a young man with whom Jessica, the daughter of the Jew Shylock, elopes.—Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice (1698).

Lorenzo, an atheist and reprobate, whose remorse ends in despair.—Young: Night Thoughts (1742–6).

(Some affirm that Lorenzo is meant for the poet’s own son.)

Lorenzo (Colonel), a young libertine in Dryden’s drama, The Spanish Fryar (1680).

Loretto (The House of). T he Santa Casa is the reputed house of the virgin Mary at Nazareth. It was “miraculously” translated to Fiume, in Dalmatia. In 1291, thence to Recanati in 1294, and finally to Macerata, in Italy, to a plot of land belonging to the lady Loretto.

Our house may have travelled through the air, like the house of Loretto, for aught I care.—Goldsmith: The Good-natured Man, iv. I (1768).

Loretto of Austria, Mariazel (“Mary in the cell”), in Styria. So called from the miracle-working image of the Virgin. The image is old and very ugly. Two pilgrimages are made to it yearly.

Loretto of Switzerland, Einsiedlen, a village containing a shrine of the “Black Lady of Switzerland.” The church is of black marble, and the image of ebony.

Lorimer, one of the guard at Ardenvohr Castle.—Sir W. Scott: Legend of Montrose (time, Charles I.).

Loriot, “the confidante and servante” of Louis XV. Loriot was the inventor of lifts, by which tables descended, and rose again covered with viands and wines.

The shifting sideboard plays its humble part,
Beyond the triumphs of a Loriot’s art.
   —Rogers: Epistle to a Friend (1798).

Lorma, wife of Erragon king of Sora, in Scandinavia. She fell in love with Aldo, a Caledonian officer in the king’s army. The guilty pair escaped to Morven, which Erragon forthwith invaded. Erragon encountered Aldo in single combat, and slew him; was himself slain in battle by Gaul son of Morni; and Lorma died of grief.—Ossian: The Battle of Lora.

Lorn (M’Dougal of), a Highland chief in the army of Montrose.—Sir W. Scott: Legend of Montrose (time, Charles I.).

Lorraine (Mrs. Felix), a clever, vain woman in Vivian Grey, a novel by Disraeli [lord Beaconsfield] (1826–7). It is said that lady Caroline Lamb served for the model of Vivian Grey.

Lorrequer (Harry), the hero and title of a military novel by Charles Lever (1839).

Lorrimite , a malignant wit ch, who abetted and aided Arvalan in his persecutions of Kailyal the beautiful and holy daughter of Ladurlad.—Southey: Curse of Kehama, xi. (1809).

Lorry (Jarvis), one of the firm in Tellson’s bank, Temple Bar, and a friend of Dr. Manette. Jarvis Lorry was orderly, precise, and methodical, but tenderhearted and affectionate.

He had a good leg, and was a little vain of it… and his little sleek, crisp, flaxen wig looked as if it was spun silk.…His face, habitually suppressed and quiet, was lighted up by a pair of moist bright eyes.—Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities, i. 4 (1859).

Losberne , the medical man called in by Mrs. Maylie to attend Oliver Twist, after the attempted burglary by Bill Sikes and his associates.—Dickens: Oliver Twist (1837).

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