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Examples

  • a profane and drunken minstrel, called Allan-a-Dale

    Ivanhoe

  • “It is impossible that Allan-a-Dale can have thus treated a man of your reverend bearing,” replied the Captain.

    Ivanhoe

  • Allan-a-Dale could pick a pocket or cut a purse, accomplishments in which I am altogether deficient.

    Ayala's Angel

  • He asked of my “house and my home”, as they did of Allan-a-Dale.

    Ayala's Angel

  • Perhaps I may boast so far as to say that I have laughed on the lass as successfully as did Allan-a-Dale.

    Ayala's Angel

  • Allan-a-Dale, to chronicle me in a ballad, or if it were but a lay? —

    Ivanhoe

  • An excellent archer, he lived in Sherwood Forest with the fair Maid Marian, the stalwart Little John, the priest Friar Tuck, the musician Allan-a-Dale, and others who helped him rob rich landlords and thwart his chief enemy, the sheriff of Nottingham.

    Robin Hood

  • Hoping that this severe liability would dissipate over time, he joined the Virginia Players, appearing in a variety of minor rôles: as “Falliero” in Abaellinor, or The Great Bandit; “Allan-a-Dale” in Robin Hood; “Harry Thunder” in The Tale of Mystery; “Young Woodland” in Cheap Living; and more.

    Nevermore

  • Allan-a-Dale could pick a pocket or cut a purse, accomplishments in which I am altogether deficient.

    Ayala's Angel

  • One day, therefore, after having returned from the daily allowance of slaughter, he contrived to find Sir Thomas in the solitude of his own room, and again began to act the part of Allan-a-Dale.

    Ayala's Angel

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