More tears have been shed for the sorrows of “Belvi dera” and “Monimia,” than for those of “Juliet” and “Desdemona.”—Sir W. Scott: The Drama.

Monimia, in Smollett’s novel of Count Fathom (1754). Also the heroine of Mrs. Smith’s novel called The Old Manor House (1793).

Moniplies (Richie), the honest, self-willed Scotch servant of lord Nigel Olifaunt of Glenvarloch.—Sir W. Scott: Fortunes of Nigel (time, James I.).

Monk (General), introduced by Scott in Woodstock (time, Commonwealth).

Monk (The Bird Singing to a). The monk is Felix, who listened to a bird for a hundred years, and thought the time only an hour.—Longfellow: The Golden Legend, ii. (1851).

Monk (The). a novel, by Matthew G. Lewis (1795).

Monk Lewis, Matthew Gregory Lewis; so called from his novel (1773–1818). (See above.)

Monk of Bury, John Lydgate, poet, who wrote the Siege of Troy, the Story of Thebes, and the Fall of Princes (1375–1460).

Nothynge I am experte in poetry,
As the monke of Bury, floure of eloquence
   —Hawes: The Passe-tyme of Plesure (1515).

Monk of Westminster, Richard of Cirencester, the chronicler (fourteenth century).

N.B.—This chronicle, On the Ancient State of Britain, was first brought to light in 1747, by Dr. Charles Julius Bertram, professor of English at Copenhagen; but the original being no better known than that of Thomas Rowley’s poems, published by Chatterton, grave suspicions exist that Dr. Bertram was himself the author of the chronicle. (See Forgers and Forgeries, p. 382.)

Monk’s Tale (The). The subject of this tale is the uncertainty of fortune. Instanced with seventeen examples—

6 from Scripture: Lucifer, Adam, and Samson; Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Holofernês (from the Book of Judith).

3 Greek and Roman History: Alexander the Great, Julius Cæsar, and Nero.

7 other Histories: Crœsus, Hugolin of Pisa, Pedro of Spain, Pierre de Lusignan king of Cyprus, Visconti (Bernardo) duke of Milan, and Zenobia.

I from Mythology: Hercules.

Monks (The Father of), Ethelwold of Winchester (*–984).

Monks, alias Edward Leeford, a violent man, subject to fits. Edward Leeford, though half-brother to Oliver Twist and Rose (Maylie), was in collusion with Bill Sikes to ruin him. Failing in this, he retired to America, and died in Jail.—Dickens: Oliver Twist (1837).

Nancy said of Monks, “He is tall and a strongly made man, but not stout; he has a lurking walk; and, as he walks, constantly looks over his shoulder, first on one side and then on the other.… His eyes are sunk in his head much deeper than other men’s.… His face is dark, like his hair and eyes; and, although he can’t be more than six or eight and twenty, withered and haggard. His lips are often discoloured and disfigured with the marks of his teeth.… Upon his throat is a broad red mark like a burn.”

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