- Possibly coined from Italian bella, beautiful + German linde, soft; popularised by Alexander Pope in his poem 'The Rape of the Lock'. (Wiktionary)
- After Belinda, heroine of The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And she was part of a "blended family" -a term Belinda considered a euphemistic hype.”
“And she was part of a -blended family-a term Belinda considered a euphemistic hype.”
“Once Belinda is calmed down, she realizes that her injured have been tended to, and the Chief asks, “Were there any more of you?””
“He paused as Alexander laughed at his praise, and then asked, “Why did you call Miss Fermor by the name of Belinda in the poem?””
“I called Belinda over and shone my torch on the door.”
“CURIOSITY was not, at this instant, the strongest passion in Belinda's mind.”
“Many conjectures were formed in Belinda's mind as she passed on to the drawing-room; but the moment that she opened the door, she knew the nature of Mr Hervey's business, for she saw the glass globe containing Helena Delacour's gold fishes standing on the table beside him.”
“Mr Hervey did not contest his seat, and Sir Philip kept his post during the remainder of the concert; but, though he had the field entirely to himself, he could not think of any thing more interesting, more amusing, to whisper in Belinda's ear, than, 'Don't you think the candles want snuffing famously?”
“When she was in Belinda's room, she threw herself into an armchair, and laughed immoderately.”
“But she is almost as great a simpleton herself, I think,' continued she, observing that the tears stood in Belinda's eyes.”
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