Nevers (Comte de), to whom Valentina (daughter of the governor of the Louvre) was affianced, and whom she married in a fit of jealousy. The count having been shot in the Bartholomew slaughter, Valentina married Raoul [Rawl] her first love, but both were killed by a party of musketeers commanded by the governor of the Louvre.—Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (opera, 1836).

N.B.—The duke [not count] de Nevers, being asked by the governor of the Louvre to join in the Bartholomew Massacre, replied that his family contained a long list of warriors, but not one assassin.

Neville (Major), an assumed name of lord Geraldin, son of the earl of Geraldin. He first appears as Mr. William Lovell.

Mr. Geraldin Neville, uncle to lord Geraldin.—Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary (time, George III.).

Neville (Miss), the friend and confidante of Miss Hardcastle. A handsome coquettish girl, destined by Mr. Hardcastle for her son Tony Lumpkin, but Tony did not care for her, and she dearly loved Mr. Hastings; so Hastings and Tony plotted together to outwit madam, and of course won the day.—Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer (1773).

Neville (Sir Henry), chamberlain of Richard Cœur de Lion.—Sir W. Scott: The Talisman (time, Richard I.).

New Atlantis (The), an imaginary island in the middle of the Atlantic. Bacon, in his allegorical fiction so called, supposes himself wrecked on this island, where he finds an association for the cultivation of natural science and the promotion of arts.—Bacon: The New Atlantis (1626).

Called the New Atlantis to distinguish it from Plato’s Atlantis, an imaginary island of fabulous charms.

New Bath Guide (The), a series of letters in verse, describing the life at Bath. Full of wit and humour, and abounding in odd rhymes, by Christopher Anstey (1760).

New Timon (The), a politico-satirical poem by lord Lytton (1845), containing several sketches of the men of the time. Tennyson’s poetry he calls—

A jingling medley of purloined conceits,

Out-babying Wordsworth, and out-glittering Keats.

(Tennyson replied, but there is too much personality in his rejoinder. Thus he speaks of Lytton wearing stays, curling his hair, priding himself on his spotless shirts, dapper boots, and dainty hands. No doubt he was extremely vain, but he was a man of considerable talent.)

New Way to Pay Old Debts, a drama by Philip Massinger (1625). Wellborn, the nephew of sir Giles Overreach, having run through his fortune and got into debt, induces lady Allworth, out of respect and gratitude to his father, to give him countenance. This induces sir Giles to suppose that his nephew was about to marry the wealthy dowager. Feeling convinced that he will then be able to swindle him of all the dowager’s property, as he had ousted him out of his paternal estates, sir Giles pays his nephew’s debts, and supplies him liberally with ready money, to bring about the marriage as soon as possible. Having paid Wellborn’s debts, the overreaching old man is compelled, through the treachery of his clerk, to restore the estates also, for the deeds of conveyance are found to be only blank sheets of parchment, the writing having been erased by some chemical acids.

New Zealander. It is Macaulay who said the time might come when some “New Zealand artist shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul’s.”

Shelley was before Macaulay in the same conceit. (See Dedication of Peter Bell the Third.)

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