Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ring worn as a memorial of a deceased person. Such rings were commonly inscribed with the name and the dates of birth and death of the person commemorated. The custom of wearing them is almost obsolete.
“Keep Briton for yourself; nobody would pay the value of that noble beast, and I would rather give him to you — like a mourning-ring bequeathed by a dying man to his executor.”
“You become a slave for life, and then your dead tyrant leaves you a mourning-ring, and grins at you out of his grave.”
“However, he returned a second time and had no better; the third day, towards evening, he observed an old gentleman in a chaise by himself, whom he robbed of six guineas, a watch, a mourning-ring, and nine and sixpence in silver, and then making over the fields got home very safe.”
“I had an uncle, a glazier, who died, and left me twenty pounds, and this mourning-ring; and I therefore have made it a rule to break the windows of all public places ever since.”
“Upon it was the mourning-ring Miss Frost had always worn.”
“As a rule she only wore the mourning-ring of black enamel and diamond, which had been always on Miss Frost's finger.”
“There was a mourning-ring, which had been Mr. Denner's father's, for a distant cousin, who was further comforted by a few hundred dollars, but all the rest was for Willie.”
“The Countess exhibited a mourning-ring on her finger, Mrs. Bonner's bequest to her.”
“And Sir Barnard has not even left me a mourning-ring?”
“Sir Rufus Hautley had gone out after the blow had fallen, when the codicil had been searched for in vain, had gone out in anger, shaking the dust from his feet, declining to act as executor, to accept the mourning-ring, to have to do with anything so palpably unjust.”
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