Ready to Red Boots

Ready (The). An elliptical expression for ready-money. Goldsmith says, “AEs in presenti perfectum format” (“Ready-money makes a man perfect”). (Eton Latin Grammar.)

“Lord Strut was not very flush in the `ready.”'- Dr. Arbuthnot.
Ready-to-Halt A pilgrim that journeyed to the Celestial city on crutches. He joined the party under the charge of Mr. Greatheart, but “when he was sent for” he threw away his crutches, and, lo! a chariot bore him into Paradise. (Bunyan: Pilgrim's Progress, part ii.)

Real Jam Prime stuff, a real treat, something delightful. Of course, the allusion is to jam given to children for a treat.

“There must have been a charming climate in Paradise, and [the] connubial bliss [there] ... was real jam.”- Sam Slick: Human Nature.
Real Presence The doctrine that Christ Himself is really and substantially present in the bread and wine of the Eucharist after consecration.

Rear-mouse or Rere-mouse. The bat. (Anglo-Saxon hrere-mus, the fluttering-mouse; verb. hrere-an, to flutter.) Of course, the “bat” is not a winged mouse.

Reason The Goddess of Reason, November 10th, 1793. Mlle. Candeille, of the Opéra, was one of the earliest of these goddesses, but Mme. Momoro, wife of the printer, the Goddess of Liberty, was the most celebrated. On November 10th a festival was held in Notre Dame de Paris in honour of Reason and Liberty, when women represented these “goddesses.” Mlle. Candeille wore a red Phrygian cap, a white frock, a blue mantle, and tricolour ribbons. Her head was filleted with oak-leaves, and in her hand she carried the pike of Jupiter-Peuple. In the cathedral a sort of temple was erected on a mound, and in this “Temple of Philosophy” Mlle. Candeille was installed. Young girls crowned with oak-leaves were her attendants, and sang hymns in her honour. Similar installations were repeated at Lyons and other places. (See Liberty , Goddess of.)
   Mlle. Maillard, the actress, is mentioned by Lamartine as one of these goddesses, but played the part much against her will.
   Mlle. Aubray was another Goddess of Reason.

Rebecca Daughter of Isaac the Jew, in love with Ivanhoe. Rebecca, with her father and Ivanhoe, being taken prisoners, are confined in Front de Boeuf's castle. Rebecca is taken to the turret chamber and left with the old sibyl there; but when Brian de Bois Guilbert comes and offers her insult she spurns him with heroic disdain, and, rushing to the verge of the battlements, threatens to throw herself over if he touches her. Ivanhoe, who was suffering from wounds received in a tournament, is nursed by Rebecca. Being again taken prisoner, the Grand Master commands the Jewish maiden to be tried for sorcery, and she demands a trial by combat. The demand is granted, when Brian de Bois Guilbert is appointed as the champion against her; and Ivanhoe undertakes her defence, slays Brian and Rebecca is set free. To the general disappointment of novel-readers, after all this excitement Ivanhoe tamely marries the lady Rowen'a, a “vapid piece of still life.” Rebecca pays the newly-married pair a wedding visit, and then goes abroad with her father to get out of the way. (Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe.)

Rebeccaites (4 syl.). Certain Welsh rioters in 1843, whose object was to demolish turnpike gates. The name was taken from Rebekah, the bride of Isaac. When she left her father's house, Laban and his family “blessed her,” and said, “Let thy seed possess the gate of those that hate them” (Gen. xxiv. 60).

Rebellion (The). The revolts in behalf of the House of Stuart in 1715 and 1745; the former in behalf of the Chevalier de St. George, son of James II., called the Old Pretender, and the latter in favour of Charles Edward, usually termed the Young Pretender.
   The Great Rebellion. The revolt of the Long Parliament against Charles I. (1642-1646.)
   The Great Irish Rebellion, 1789. It was caused by the creation of numerous Irish societies hostile to England, especially that called “The United Irishmen.” There have been eight or nine other rebellions. In 1365 the Irish applied to France for soldiers; in 1597 they offered the crown of Ireland to Spain; in 1796 they concluded a treaty with the French Directory.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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