Belinda to Bellarmine
Belinda The heroine of Pope's serio-comical poem, entitled the Rape of the Lock. The poem is based on a real incident:- Lord Petre cut off a lock of Miss Fermor's hair, and this liberty gave rise to a bitter feud between the two noble families. The poet says that Belinda wore on her neck two curls, one of which the baron cut off with a pair of scissors borrowed of Clarissa. Belinda, in anger, demanded back the ringlet; but it had flown to the skies and become a meteor, which shot through liquid air, and drew behind a radiant trail of hair. (See Berenice. )
Belinuncia A herb sacred to Belis, with the juice of which the Gauls used to poison their arrows.
Belisarius Belisarius begging for an obolus. Belisarius, the greatest of Justinian's generals, being accused of conspiring against the life of the emperor, was deprived of all his property; and his eyes being put out, he lived a beggar in Constantinople. The tale is that he fastened a bag to his road-side hut, and had inscribed over it, Give an obolus to poor old Belisarius. This tradition is of no historic value.
Bell Acton, Currer, and Ellis. Assumed names of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë.
Bell As the bell clinks, so the fool thinks, or, As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks. The tale says when
Whittington ran away from his master, and had got as far as Hounslow Heath, he was hungry, tired, and
wished to return. Bow Bells began to ring, and Whittington fancied they said, Turn again, Whittington,
Lord Mayor of London. The bells clinked in response to the boy's thoughts. Les gens de peu de judgement
sont comme les cloches, à qui Von fait dire tout ce que Von veut. Dickens has the same idea in his
Funera plango, fulgura frango, sabbata pango,(Death's tale I tell, the winds dispel, ill-feeling quell,
The slothful shake, the storm-clouds break, the Sabbath wake. E.C.B.)
Sound as a bell. (See Similes.)
Tolling the bell. (for church). A relic of the Ave Bell, which, before the Reformation, was tolled before service to invite worshippers to a preparatory prayer to the Virgin.
To bear the bell. To be first fiddle; to carry off the palm; to be the best. Before cups were presented to winners of horse-races, etc., a little gold or silver bell used to be given for the prize.
Jockey and his horse were by their masters sentIt does not refer to bell-wethers, or the leading horse of a team, but bear means bear or carry off.
Who is to bell the cat? Who will risk his own life to save his neighbours? Any one who encounters great personal hazard for the sake of others undertakes to bell the cat. The allusion is to the fable of the cunning old mouse, who suggested that they should hang a bell on the cat's neck to give notice to all mice of her approach. Excellent, said a wise young mouse, but who is to undertake the job? (See Bell-The-Cat.)
Is there a man in all Spain able and willing to bell the cat [i.e. persuade the queen to abdicate]? - The Times.
Bells The Koran says that bells hang on the trees of Paradise, and are set in motion by wind from the
throne of God, as often as the blessed wish for music. (Sale. )
Bells as musicalAt three bells, at five bells, etc. A term on board ship pretty nearly tantamount
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