Winterblossom to Wishfort

Winterblossom (Mr. Philip), “the man of taste,” on the managing committee at the Spa.—Sir W. Scott: St. Ronan’s Well (time, George III.).

Wintersen (The count), brother of baron Steinfort, lord of the place, and greatly beloved.

The countess Wintersen, wife of the above. She is a kind friend to Mrs. Haller, and the confidante of her brother the baron Steinfort.—B. Thompson: The Stranger (1797).

Winterton (Adam), the garrulous old steward of sir Edward Morttimer, in whose service he had been for forty-nine years. He was fond of his little jokes, and not less so of his little nips; but he loved his master and almost idolized him. —Colman: The Iron Chest (1796).

Win-the-Fight (Master Joachin), the attorney employed by major Bridgenorth the roundhead.—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak (time, Charles II.).

Wirral (The), the long, square-ended peninsula between the Mersey and the Dee.

Here there are few that either God or man with good heart love.
   —Sir Gawayne and the Green Knight.

Wisdom (Honour paid to).

(1) Anacharsis went from Scythia to Athens to see Solon.—Ælian: De Varia Historia, v.

(2) Apollonios Tyanæus: (Cappadocia) travelled through Scythia and into India as far as the river Phison to see Hiarchus.—Philostratos: Life of Apollonios, ii. last chapter.

(3) Alexander having taken amongst the spoils a casket of Darius king of Persia of inestimable value, placed therein his copy of Homer’s Iliad, edited by Aristotle, saying that it alone was worthy of such an honour.

(4) Dionysius king of Syracuse, wishing to see Plato, sent the finest galley in his kingdom, most royally equipped, and stored with every luxury, to fetch him. On landing, the philosopher found the royal state carriage waiting to conduct him to the king’s palace.

(5) Ben Jonson, in 1619, travelled on foot from London to Scotland merely to see W. Drummond, the Scotch poet, whose genius he admired.

(6) Livy went from the confines of Spain to Rome to hold converse with the learned men of that city.—Pliny the Younger: Epistle, iii. 2.

(7) Plato travell ed from Athens to Egypt to see the wise men or magi; and to visit Archytas or Tarentum the mechanician. He invented several automatons, as the flying pigeon—and numerous mechanical instruments, as the screw and crane.

(8) Pythagoras went from Italy to Egypt to visit the vaticinators of Memphis. — Porphyry: Life of Pythagoras, 9 (Kuster’s edition).

(9) Sheba (The queen of) went from “the uttermost parts of the earth” to hear and see Solomon, whose wisdom and greatness had reached her ear.

Wisdom Persecuted.

(1) Anaxag oras of Clazomenæ held opinions in natural science so far in advance of his age that he was accused of impiety, cast into prison, and condemned to death. It was with great difficulty that Periclês got the sentence commuted to fine and banishment.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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