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Duesʹsa (Double-mind or False-faith)

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Daughter of Falsehood and Shame, who assumes divers disguises to beguile the Red Cross Knight. At one time she takes the name of Fidessa, and entices the knight into the Palace of Pride (Lucifeʹra). The knight having left the palace, is overtaken by Duessa, and drinks of an enchanted fountain, which paralyses him, in which state he is taken captive by the giant Orgoglio. Prince Arthur slays the giant and rescues the knight; Duessa, being stripped of her gorgeous disguise, is found to be a hideous hag, and flees into the wilderness for concealment. She appears again in book ii. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book i. 2–7; v. 9.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dude
Dudeism
Dudgeon (The)
Dudman and Ramhead
Duds
Dudu
Duende
Duenna [Lady]
Duergar
Duessa (Double-mind or False-faith)
Dufarge
Duffer (A)
Duglas
Duke
Duke Coombe
Duke Ernest
Duke Humphrey
Duke Street (Strand)
Duke and Duchess
Duke of Exeter’s Daughter (The)