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Leonʹtes (3 syl.)


King of Sicilia, invited his friend Polixʹenēs, King of Bohemia, to pay him a visit, and being seized with jealousy, ordered Càmillo to poison him. Camillo told Polixenes of the king’s jealousy, and fled with him to Bohemia. The flight of Polixenes increased the anger of Leontes against Hermiʹone, his virtuous queen, whom he sent to prison, where she was confined of a daughter (Perʹdita), and it was reported that she had died in giving birth to the child. Perʹdita, by order of the jealous king, was put away that she might be no more heard of as his; but, being abandoned in Bohemia, she was discovered by a shepherd, who brought her up as his own child. In time, - Florizel, the son and heir of Polixenes, under the assumed name of Doriclēs, fell in love with Perdita; but Polixenes, hearing of this attachment, sternly forbade the match. The two lovers, under the charge of Camillo, fled to Sicily, where the mystery was cleared up, Leontes and Hermione re-united, and all “went merry as a marriage bell.” (Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale.)

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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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