Diamond Necklace to Dido
Diamond Necklace (The) (1785). A necklace presented, through Mme. de Lamotte, by Cardinal de Rohan (as he supposed) to Marie Antoinette. The cardinal, a profligate churchman, entertained a sort of love passion for the queen; and the Countess de Lamotte induced him to purchase for the queen, for £85,000, a diamond necklace, made for Mme. Dubarry. The cardinal handed the necklace to the countess, who sold it to an English jeweller and kept the money. When the time of payment arrived Boehmer, the jeweller, sent his bill in to the queen, who denied all knowledge of the matter. A trial ensued, which lasted nine months, and created immense scandal.
Diamond Sculls (The), or "The Diamond Challenge Sculls" of the Henley Royal Regatta, are a pair of
crossed silver sculls not quite a foot in length, surmounted by an imitation wreath of laurel, and having
a pendant of diamonds. They lie in a box lined with velvet, which contains also the names of all the
winners. The prize is rowed for every year, and the sculls pass from winner to winner; but each winner
receives a silver cup, which becomes his own absolute property. Established 1844 by the Royal Regatta
Diana (3 syl.). The temple of Diana at Ephesus, built by Dinochares, was set on fire by Herostratos, for the sake of perpetuating his name. The Ionians decreed that any one who mentioned his name should be put to death, but this very decree gave it immortality. The temple was discovered in 1872 by Mr. Wood.
Diana of Ephesus This statue, we are told, fell from heaven. If so, it was an aerolite; but Minucius says
he saw it, and that it was a wooden statue (second century, A.D.). Pliny, a contemporary of Minucius,
tells us it was made of ebony. Probably the real "image" was a meteorite, and in the course of time a
wooden or ebony image was substituted.
Dian's Worshippers Midnight revellers. So called because they return home by moonlight. Dian means the moon.
Dianora was the wife of Gilberto of Friuli, but was passionately beloved by Ansaldo. In order to get rid of his importunity, she told him she would never grant his suit and prove untrue till he made her garden at midwinter as full of flowers and odours as if it were midsummer. By the aid of a magician, Ansaldo accomplished this, and claimed his reward. Dianora went to meet him, and told him she had obeyed the command of her husband in so doing. Ansaldo, not to be outdone in courtesy, released her; and Gilberto became the firm friend of Ansaldo from that day to the end of his life. (Boccaccio Decameron, day x. 5.) (See Dorigen.)
Diapason Dryden says -
"From harmony, from heavenly harmonyAccording to the Pythagorean system, the world is a piece of harmony, and man the full chord.
Diaper A sort of cloth, a corruption of D'Ypres, where it is largely manufactured. Similarly we have calico from Calicut; nankeen from Nankin; worsted from Worsted, in Norfolk; and half a score other similar words. The French diapré, variegated, seems far more likely to be the source of this word, for diaper is cloth variegated with flowers, etc., like damask.
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