Miss, Mistress, Mrs to Moat
Miss, Mistress, Mrs (masteress, lady-master). Miss used to be written Mis, and is the first syllable of
Mistress; Mrs. is the contraction of mistress, called Misess. Even in the reign of George II. unmarried
ladies used to be styled Mrs.; as, Mrs. Lepel, Mrs. Bellenden, Mrs. Blount, all unmarried ladies. (See
Miss is as Good as a Mile (A). A failure is a failure be it ever so little, and is no more be it ever so great; a narrow escape is an escape, and a more easy one is no more. If I miss the train by one minute, I miss it as much as if it had run a mile from the station; and if I escape an evil by the skin of my teeth, I escape, and he who escapes it easily does no more.
Missing Link (The). According to Darwin, the higher animals are developed from the lower ones. The lowest form of animal life is protoplasm, which develops into amoebae (cell life), and thence, successively, into synamoeabæ, gastrula, hydra, medusa, worms, hematega, ascidians, fish, amphibians, birds and reptiles, monotremata, marsupials, placental mammals, lemuridæ, monkeys [missing link], man.
Mississippi Bubble The French South-Sea Scheme, and equally disastrous. It was projected by John Law, a Scotchman, and had for its object the payment of the National Debt of France, which amounted to 208 millions sterling, on being granted the exclusive trade of Louisiana, on the banks of the Mississippi. (1717-1720.) (See South Sea .)
Mistletoe Shakespeare calls it the baleful mistletoe (Titus Andronicus, ii. 3), in allusion to the Scandinavian
story that it was with an arrow made of mistletoe that Balder was slain. (See Kissing Under The Mistletoe
Mistletoe Bough The tale referred to in this song, about Lord Lovel's daughter, is related by Rogers
in his Italy, where the lady is called Ginevra. A similar narrative is given by Collet in his Relics of
Literature, and another is among the Causes Célèbres.
Mistress Roper The Marines, or any one of them; so called by the regular sailors, because they handle the ropes like girls, not being used to them.
Mistress of the Night (The). The tuberose is so called because it emits its strongest fragrance after
sunset. Sometimes, on a sultry evening, when the atmosphere is highly electrified, the fading flowers of
the tuberose emit sparks of lucid flame.
Mistress of the World Ancient Rome was so called, because all the known world gave it allegiance.
Mita Sister of Aude, surnamed the Little Knight of Pearls, in love with Sir Miton de Rennes, Roland's friend. Charlemagne greeted her after a tournament with the Saracens at Fronsac, saying, Rise, Countess of Rennes. Mita and Sir Miton were the parents of Mitaine (q.v.). (Croquemitaine, xv.)
Mitaine Godchild of Charlemagne; her parents were Mita and Miton, Count and Countess of Rennes. She went in search of Fear fortress, and found that it only existed in the minds of the fearful, vanishing into thin air as it was approached by a bold heart and clear conscience. Charlemagne made her for this achievement Roland's squire, and she followed him on her horse Vaillant to Spain, and fell in the attack at Roncesvalles. (Croquemitaine, pt. iii.)
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