Twig to Tyrtæus

Twig I twig you; do you twig my meaning? I catch your meaning; I understand. (Irish, twigim, I notice.)

Twinkling (See Bed-Post .)

Twins One of the signs of the constellation (May 21st to June 21st).

“When now no more the alternate twins are fired,
Short is the doubtful empire of the night.”
Thomson: Summer.
Twist (Oliver). A boy born in a workhouse, starved and ill-treated; but always gentle, amiable, and pureminded. Dickens's novel so called.

Twisting the Lion's Tail Seeing how far the “Britishers” will bear provocation. “To give the lion's tail another twist” is to tax the British forbearance a little further. No doubt the kingdom is averse to war with civilised nations, and will put up with a deal rather than apply to the arbitration of arms. Even victory may be bought too dearly. Such provocation may provoke a growl, but there will the matter end.

Twitcher Jemmy Twitcher. A name given to John, Lord Sandwich (1718-1792), noted for his liaison with Miss Ray, who was shot by the Rev. “Captain” Hackman out of jealousy. His lordship's shambling gait is memorialised in the Heroic Epistle.

“See Jemmy Twitcher shambles- stop, stop thief!”
Twitten A narrow alley.

Two The evil principle of Pythagoras. Accordingly the second day of the second month of the year was sacred to Pluto, and was esteemed unlucky.
   Two an unlucky number in our dynasties. Witness Ethelred II. the Unready, forced to abdicate; Harold II., slain at Hastings; William II., shot in New Forest; Henry II., who had to fight for his crown, etc.; Edward II., murdered at Berkeley Castle; Richard II., deposed; Charles II., driven into exile; James II., forced to abdicate; George II. was worsted at Fontenoy and Law-feld, his reign was troubled by civil war, and disgraced by General Braddock and Admiral Byng.
   It does not seem much more lucky abroad: Charles II. of France, after a most unhappy reign, died of poison; Charles II. of Navarre was called The Bad; Charles II. of Spain ended his dynasty, and left his kingdom a wreck; Charles II. of Anjou (le Boiteux) passed almost the whole of his life in captivity; Charles II. of Savoy reigned only nine months, and died at the age of eight.
   Francois II. of France was peculiarly unhappy, and after reigning less than two years, sickened and died; Nepoleon II. never reigned at all, and Nepoleon III., really the second emperor, was á most disastrous prince; Franz II. of Germany lost all his Rhine possessions, and in 1806 had to renounce his title of emperor.
   Friedrich II., Emperor of Germany, was first anathematised, then excommunicated, then dethroned, and lastly poisoned.
   Jean II. of France, being conquered at Poitiers, was brought captive to England by the Black Prince; Juan II. of Aragon had to contend for his crown with his own son Carlos.
   It was Felipe II. of Spain who sent against England the “Invincible Armada”; it was Francesco II. of the Two Sicilies who was driven from his throne by Garibaldi; it was Romulus II. in whom terminated the empire of the West; Peter II. of Russia died at the age of fifteen, and he was a disgrace to the name of Menschikoff; Pietro II. de Medicis was forced to abdicate, and died of shipwreck; James II. of Scotland was shot by a cannon at the siege of Roxburgh; James II. of Majorca, after losing his dominions, was murdered. Alexander II. of Scotland had his kingdom laid under an interdict; Alexander II., the Pope, had to contend against Honorius II., the anti-pope; Alexis II., Emperor of the East, was placed under the ward of his father and mother, who so disgusted the nation by their cruelty that the boy was first dethroned and then strangled; Andronicus II., Emperor of Greece, was dethroned; Henri II. of France made the disastrous peace called La Paix Malheureuse, and was killed by Montgomery in a tournament; etc. etc (See Jane and John.)

Two Eyes of Greece Athens and Sparta.

Two Fridays When two Fridays come together. Never (q.v.).

Two Gentlemen of Verona The story of Proteus and Julia was borrowed from the pastoral romance of Diana, by George of Montemayor, a Spaniard, translated into English by Bartholomew Younge in 1598. The love adventure of Julia resembles that of Viola, in Twelfth Night.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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