Taylor (Dr. Chevalier John). He called himself “Opthalminator, Pontificial, Imperial, and Royal.” He died 1767. Hogarth has introduced him in his famous picture “The Undertakers’ Arms.” He is one of the three figures atop, to the left hand of the spectator; the other two are Mrs. Mapp and Dr. Ward.

Teacher of Germany (The), Philip Melancthon, the reformer (1497–1560).

Teachwell (Mrs.), a pseudonym of lady Ellinor Fenn, wife of sir John Fenn, of East Dereham, Norfolk.

Teague , an Irish lad, taken into the service of colonel Careless, a royalist, whom he serves with exemplary fidelity. He is always blundering, and always brewing mischief, with the most innocent intentions. His bulls and blunders are amusing and characteristic.—Howard: The Committee (1670), altered by T Knight into The Honest Thieves.
Who .. has not a recollection of the incomparable Johnstone [Irish Johnstone] in “Teague,” picturesquely draped in his blanket, and pouring forth his exquisite humour and mellifluous brogue in equal measure?—Mrs C. Mathews: Tea Table Talk.

The anecdote of Munden, as “Obadiah,” when Johnstone, as “Teague,” poured a bottle of lamp-oil down his throat instead of sherry-and-water, is one of the raciest ever told. (See Obadiah, p. 766.)

Tearless Battle (The), a battle fought B.C. 367, between the Lacedæmonians and the combined armie s of the Arcadians and Argives. Not one of the Spartans fell, so that, as Plutarch says, they call it “The Tearless Battle.”

Not one was killed in the Abyssinian expedition under sir R. Napier (1867–8).

Tears—Amber. The tears shed by the sisters of Phaëton were converted into amber.—Greek Fable.

Around thee shall glisten the loveliest amber
That ever the sorrowing sea-bird hath wept.

T. Moore: Lalla Rookh (“Fire-Worshippers,” 1817).

(According to Pliny (Natural History, xxxvii. 2, 11), amber is a concretion of birds’ tears. But the birds were the sisters of Meleager, who never ceased weeping for his untimely death.)

Tearsheet (Doll), a common courtezan.—Shakespeare: 2 Henry IV. (1598).

Teazle (Sir Peter), a man who, in old age, married a country girl who was lively and fond of pleasure. Sir Peter was for ever nagging at her for her inferior birth and rustic ways, but secretly loving her and admiring her naïveté. He says to Rowley, “I am the sweetest-tempered man alive, and hate a teasing temper, and so I tell her ladyship a hundred times a day.”

No one could deliver such a dialogue as is found in “sir Peter Teazle,” with such point as T. King [1730–1805]. He excelled in a quiet, sententious manner of speech. There was an epigrammatic style in everything he uttered. His voice was musical, his action slow, his countenance benignant and yet firm.—Watkins: Life of Sheridan (1817).

Lady Teazle, a lively, innocent, country maiden, who married sir Peter, old enough to be her grandfather. Planted in London in the whirl of the season, she formed a liaison with Joseph Surface; but being saved from disgrace, repented and reformed.—Sheridan: School for Scandal (1777).

On April 7, 1797, Miss Farren, about to marry the earl of Derby, took her final leave of the stage in the character of “lady Teazle.” Her concluding words were applicable in a very remarkable degree to herself: “Let me request, lady Sneerwell, that you will make my respects to the scandalous college of which you are a member, and inform them that lady Teazle, licentiate, begs leave to return the diploma they granted her, as she now leaves off practice, and kills characters no longer.” A passionate burst of tears here revealed the sensibility of the speaker, while a stunning burst of applause followed from the audience, and the curtain was drawn down upon the play, for no more would be listened to.—Mrs. C. Mathews

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