Pardalo, th e demon-steed given to Iniguex Guerra by his gobelin mother, that he might ride to Toledo and liberate his father, don Diego Lopez lord of Biscay, who had fallen into the hands of the Moors.—Spanish Story.

Pardiggle (Mrs.), a formidable lady, who conveyed to one the idea “of wanting a great deal of room.” She devoted herself to good works done in the most offensive and disagreeable manner, and made her family of small boys contribute all their pocket money to the cause of missions.—Dickens: Bleak House (1853).

Pardoner’s Tale (The), in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, is “Death and the Rioters.” Three rioters agree to hunt down Death, and kill him. An old man directs them to a tree in a lane, where, as he said, he had just left him. On reaching the spot, they find a rich treasure, and cast lots to decide who is to go and buy food. The lot falls on the youngest, and the other two, during his absence, agree to kill him on his return. The rascal sent to buy food poisons the wine, in order to secure to himself the whole treasure. Now comes the catastrophe: The two set on the third and slay him, but die soon after of the poisoned wine; so the three rioters find death under the tree, as the old man said, paltering in a double sense (1388).

Parian Chronicle, a register of the chief events in the his tory of ancient Greece for 1318 years, beginning with the reign of Cecrops and ending with the archonship of Diognetus. It is one of the Arundelian Marbles, and was found in the island of Paros.

Parian Verse, ill-natured satire; so called from Archilochus, a native of Paros.

Pari-Banou, a fairy who gave prince Ahmed a tent, which would fold into so small a compass that a lady might carry it about as a toy; but, when spread, it would cover a whole army.—Arabian Nights (“Prince Ahmed and Pari-Banou”).

Paridel is a name employed in the Dunciad for an idle libertine,—rich, young, and at leisure. The model is sir Paridel, in the Faërie Queene.

Thee, too, my Paridel, she marked thee there,
Stretched on the rack of a too-easy chair,
And heard thy everlasting yawn confess
The pains and penalties of idleness.
   —Pope: The Dunciad, iv. 341 (1742).

Paridel (Sir), descendant of Paris, Paris’s son Parius settled in Paros, and left his kingdom to his son Paridas, from whom Paridel descended. Having gained the hospitality of Malbecco, sir Paridel eloped with his wife Dame Helinore , but soon quitted her, leaving her to go whither she would. “So had he served many another one” (bk. iii. 10). In bk. iv. 1 sir Paridel is discomfited by sir Scudamore.—Spenser: Faërie Queene, iii. 10; iv. 1 (1590, 1596).

(“Sir Paridel” is meant for Charles Nevil, sixth and last of the Nevils earls of Westmoreland. He joined the Northumberland rebellion of 1569 for the restoration of Mary queen of Scots; and, when the plot failed, made his escape to the Continent, where he lived in poverty and obscurity. The earl was quite a Lothario, whose delight was to win the love of women, and then to abandon them.)

Paris, a son of Priam and H ecuba, noted for his beauty. He marr ied Œnonê, daughter of Cebren the river-god. Subsequently, duri ng a visit to Menelaos king of Sparta, he eloped with queen Helen, and this brought about the Trojan war. Being wounded by an arrow from the bow of Philoctetês, he sent for his wife, who hastened to him with remedies; but it was too late—he died of his wound, and Œnonê hung herself.—Homer: Iliad.

Paris was appointed to decide which of the three goddesses (Juno, Pallas, or Minerva) was the fairest fair, and to which should be awarded the golden apple thrown “to the most beautiful.” The three goddesses tried by bribes to obtain the verdict: Juno promised him dominion if he would decide in her favour; Minerva

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