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Hardy (Letitia)

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Heroine of the Belle’s Stratagem, by Mrs. Cowley. She is a young lady of fortune destined to marry Doricourt. She first assumes the air of a raw country hoyden and disgusts the fastidious man of fashion; then she appears at a masquerade and wins him. The marriage is performed at midnight, and Doricourt does not know that the masquerader and hoyden are the same Miss Hardy till after the ceremony is over.

Hardy (The), i.e. brave or daring, hence the phrase, “hardi comme un lion.”

(1) William Douglas, defender of Berwick (died 1302).

(2) Philippe III. of France, le Hardi (1245, 1270–1285).

(3) Philippe II., Duc de Bourgogne, le Hardi (1342, 1363–1382).

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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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Harcourt’s Round Table
Hard
Hard By
Hard Lines
Hard Up
Hard as Nails
Hard as a Stone
Hard as the Nether Millstone
Hardouin
Hardy (Letitia)
Hare
Hare-brained, or Hair-brained
Harefoot
Hare-lip
Hare-stone = Hour-stone
Hare and the Tortoise (The)
Hares shift their Sex
Haricot Mutton
Harĭkĭrĭ. [Happy despatch.]
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