Fortunate Islands to Fourierism
Fortunate Islands Now called the Canaries.
Fortunatus You have found Fortunatus's purse. Are in luck's way. The nursery tale of Fortunatus records that he had an inexhaustible purse. It is from the Italian fairy tales of Straparola, called Nights. Translated into French in 1585. (See Wishing-Cap.)
Fortune Fortune favours the brave. ("Fortes fortuna adjuvat.") (Terence: Phormio, i. 4.)
Fortunio The assumed name of a damsel, youngest of three sisters, who dressed herself as a cavalier to save her aged father, who was summoned to the army. Fortunio on the way engaged seven servants: Strong- back, who could carry on his back enough liquor to fill a river; Lightfoot, who could traverse any distance in no time; Marksman, who could hit an object at any distance; Fine-ear, who could hear anything, no matter where uttered; Boisterer, who could do any amount of cudgelling; Gourmand, who could eat any amount of food; and Tippler, who could drink a river dry and thirst again. Fortunio, having rendered invaluable services to King Alfourite, by the aid of her seven servants, at last married him. (Grimm's Goblins: Fortunio. Countess D'Aulnoy: Fairy Tales.)
Forty A superstitious number, arising from the Scripture use. Thus Moses was forty days in the mount; Elijah
was forty days fed by ravens; the rain of the flood fell forty days, and another forty days expired before
Noah opened the window of the ark; forty days was the period of embalming; Nineveh had forty days to
repent; our Lord fasted forty days; He was seen forty days after His resurrection; etc.
Forty Stripes save One The Jews were forbidden by the Mosaic law to inflict more than forty stripes on
an offender, and for fear of breaking the law they stopped short of the number. If the scourge contained
three lashes, thirteen strokes would equal "forty save one."
Forty Thieves In the tale of Ali Baba'. (Arabian Nights' Entertainments.)
"The slave had forty thousand lives."
"I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothersForty-five No. 45. The celebrated number of Wilkes's North Britain, in which the Cabinet Ministers are accused of putting a lie into the king's mouth.
Forwards (Marshal). G.L. von Blücher was called Marschall Vorwarts, from his constant exhortation to his hussars in the campaigns preceding the great battle of Waterloo, Vorwärts! always Vorwärts! (1742- 1819.)
Foscari (Francis). Doge of Venice. He occupied the office for thirty-five years, added Brescia, Bergamo, Crema, and Ravenna to the Republic, greatly improved the city, and raised Venice to the pinnacle of its glory. Of his four sons only one, named Jacopo, survived: he was thrice tortured. Before his final banishment, the old doge, then eighty-four years of age, hobbled on crutches to the gaol where his son
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