Lovegold to Lovers Struck by Lightning

Lovegold, the miser, an old man of 60, who wants to marry Mariana, his son’s sweetheart. In order to divert him from this folly, Mariana pretends to be very extravagant, and orders a necklace and ear-rings for £3000, a petticoat and gown from a fabric £12 a yard, and besets the house with duns. Lovegold gives £2000 to be let off the bargain, and Mariana marries the son.—Fielding: The Miser (a réchauffé of L’Avare, by Molière).

John Emery [1777–1822] made his first appearance at Covent Garden Theatre in the year 1798, in very opposite characters, “Frank Oakland” in A Cure for the Heartache [by Morton], and in “Lovegold.” In both which parts he obtained great applause.—Memoir (1822).

Lovegood , uncle to Valentine the gallant who will not be persuaded to keep his estate.—Fletcher: Wit without Money (1639).

LOVEL, once the page of lord Beaufort, in love with lady Frances; but he concealed his love because young Beaufort “cast his affections first upon the lady.”—Murphy: The Citizen (1757).

Lovel (Lord). (See Mistletoe Bough.)

Lovel (Lord), in Clara Reeve’s tale called The Old English Baron, appears as a ghost in the obscurity of a dim religious light (1777).

Lovel (William), the assumed name of lord Geraldine (q.v.).—Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary (time, George III.).

Lovel (Peregrine), a wealthy commoner, who suspects his servants of wasting his substance in riotous living. (See High Life Below Stairs, p. 491, for the tale.)

Lovel (William), the hero of a German novel so called, by Ludwig Tieck (1773–1853). (See Lovell.)

Lovel the Widower, a novel by Thackeray, which came out in the Cornhill Magazine.

Lovelace , the chief male character in Richardson’s novel of Clarissa Harlowe. He is rich, proud, and crafty; handsome, brave, and gay; the most unscrupulous but finished libertine; always self-possessed, insinuating, and polished (1748).

“Lovelace” is as great an improvement on “Lothario,” from which it was drawn, as Rowe’s hero [in the Fair Penitent] had been on the vulgar rake of Massinger.—Encyclopœdia Britannica (article “Romance”).

Lovelace , a young aristocrat, who angles with flattery for the daughter of Mr. Drugget, a rich London tradesman. He fools the vulgar tradesman to the top of his bent, and stands well with him; but, being too confident of his influence, demurs to the suggestion of the old man to cut two fine yew trees at the head of the carriage drive into a Gog and Magog. Drugget is intensely angry, throws off the young man, and gives his daughter to a Mr. Woodley.—Murphy: Three Weeks after Marriage (1776).

Loveless (The Elder), suitor to “The Scornful Lady” (no name given).

The Younger Loveless, a prodigal.—Beaumont and Fletcher: The Scornful Lady (1616).

Loveless (Edward), husband of Amanda. He pays undue attention to Berinthia, a handsome young widow, his wife’s cousin; but, seeing the folly of his conduct, he resolves in future to devote himself to his wife with more fidelity.—Sheridan: A Trip to Scarborough (1777).

Lovell (Benjamin), a banker, proud of his ancestry, but with a weakness for gambling.

Elsie Lovell, his daughter, in love with Victor Orme the poor gentleman.—Wybert Reeve: Parted.

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