from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The daughter of Latinus and wife of Aeneas.
- proper n. A female given name used since the 17th century. It was fairly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, but rare today.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American nymphalid butterfly, Victorina steneles, formerly known as V. lavinia. It occurs in Florida and South America.
- n. A genus of minnows inhabiting the coast streams of California.
"I was looking up famous women in the 19th century on the Internet, and one list had the name Lavinia Warren," Hauser said.
When Lavinia is about to be raped, she pleads: 'The lion, moved with pity, did endure/To have his princely paws pared all away' (II. iii.151).
The note was carefully worded, and as Mrs. Vanross received it and read it she called Lavinia and said very quietly:
There's that other indeed, Miss Lavinia, is as handsome a girl as I'd wish to see.
As to Lionel, I leave him my blessing; and as to any other legacy I never happened to promise him any; which is very good luck for me, as well as my best excuse; and I may say the same to my dear Lavinia, which is the reason I called her in, because she may not often have an opportunity to hear a man speak upon his death-bed.
He then embraced her, called Lavinia, and retired for the night.
Gradually James became more attentive, insisting on weekly sojourns to the duck pond at Hyde Park with Lavinia and Aidan, and calling Lavinia to his bed — evidence he had foregone his previous ways and was giving himself solely to her.
I never happened to promise him any; which is very good luck for me, as well as my best excuse; and I may say the same to my dear Lavinia, which is the reason I called her in, because she may not often have an opportunity to hear a man speak upon his death-bed.
Le Guin is famous for her science fiction and fantasy novels like Lavinia, which is set in Virgil's Aeneid.
Jay Parini on Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin: Anyone who comes to 'Lavinia' seeking a conventional realistic fiction will feel disappointed.
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