Disguise


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Disguise

Dishonesty (See DECEIT.)
Abigail
enters nunnery as convert to retrieve money. [Br. Lit.: The Jew of Malta]
Achilles
disguised as a woman to avoid conscription. [Gk. Legend: Brewer Handbook, 642 (Lycomedes)]
Aspatia
disguised as a man, engages a nobleman in a duel and dies of her wounds. [Br. Drama: Beaumont and Fletcher The Maid’s Tragedy in Sobel, 444]
Athena
assumes Mentor’s form to persuade Telemachus to search for his father. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Babbie
a young lady of good blood runs about in the dress and manners of a gypsy. [Br. Lit.: Barrie The Little Minister in Magill I, 513]
Batman
millionaire Bruce Wayne dresses in his batlike cape and cowl. [Comics: Horn, 101]
Beaucaire, Monsieur
to escape marriage, nobleman pretends to be a barber. [Am. Lit.: Monsieur Beaucaire]
Biron
masks self as Muscovite; woos wrong woman. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Blakeney, Percy
outwits his opponents by his ingenious disguises. [Br. Lit.: Scarlet Pimpernel]
Bones, Brom
impersonates Headless Horseman to scare off rival suitor. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
Brainworm
impersonates variety of characters in his trickery. [Br. Lit.: Every Man in His Humour]
Burchell, Mr.
baronet passes himself off as beggar. [Br. Lit.: The Vicar of Wakefield]
Burlingame, Henry
man with a thousand faces. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
Charley’s Aunt
man poses as a woman in order to get his pal out of a jam. [Br. Drama: Barnhart, 228]
Cléonte
masquerades as Grand Turk to win pretentious man’s daughter. [Fr. Lit.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme]
Cupid
disguised as Ascanius, son of Aeneas. [Gk. Myth.: Aeneid]
Demara, Ferdinand, Jr.
“Great Impostor”; posed in professional roles. [Am. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 484]
Despina
disguised doctor who supposedly restores lovers to life. [Ger. Opera: Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Westerman, 98]
Elaine
disguises herself as Guinevere in order to seduce Lancelot. [Br. Lit.: Malory Le Mort d’Arthur]
Eugenia, St.
dressed as male, becomes abbot of Egyptian monastery. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 120]
Finn, Huckleberry
after his supposed death, he dons a girl’s dress and goes into town to gain information. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn]
Ford
assumes pseudonym to uncover adulterer. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Gareth
queen requires him to disguise himself as a kitchen hand before he may seek knighthood. [Br. Poetry: Tennyson Idylls of the King]
Gustavus, King
he and his lover Amelia are in disguises when he is killed by her husband. [Ital. Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera in Osborne Opera]
Hardcastle, Kate
wins her suitor by pretending to be a barmaid. [Br. Drama: Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer in Benét, 926]
Hautdesert, Sir Bercilak de
disguised as Green Knight, challenges Gawain’s valor. [Br. Lit.: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]
Helena
disguises herself as a pilgrim in order to follow her husband from France to Italy. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare All’s Well That Ends Well]
Holmes, Sherlock
returns in disguise after his supposed death to surprise his enemies. [Br. Lit.: Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes]
Imogen
dresses in boy’s clothes to escape her husband’s murder plot. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Cymbeline]
Jacob
dressed as Esau to obtain father’s blessing. [O.T.: Genesis 27:15–16]
Joker, the
master of disguise confounds Batman. [Comics: “Batman” in Horn, 101]
Julia
masks self as page. [Br. Lit.: Two Gentlemen of Verona]
Köpenick
tailor disguised as a captain, takes over city. [Ger. Lit.: Captain from Köpenick, Espy, 173]
Kenneth, Sir
as Richard’s slave, saves king from assassination. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
Leonora
dressed as a man, elopes with Alvaro and takes refuge in a hermit’s cave. [Ital. Opera: La Forza del Destino in Osborne Opera]
Leonora
masks as Fidelio to save imprisoned husband. [Ger. Opera: Beethoven, Fidelio, Scholes, 352–353]
Leucippus
youth disguised as girl to be near Daphne; killed upon discovery. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 150]
Lone Ranger
masked crime fighter hides true identity. [Radio: Buxton, 143–144; Comics: Horn, 460; TV: Terrace, II, 34–35]
Maupin, Madelaine de
dresses and acts like a man in order to go among men and see them as they really are. [Fr. Lit.: Mademoiselle de Maupin in Magill I, 542]
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Mr. Ford disguises himself in order to thwart Falstaff’s designs on Mrs. Ford. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor]
Nanki-Poo
emperor’s son disguised as a minstrel. [Br. Opera: The Mikado, Magill I, 591–592]
Octavian
to spare his mistress, dresses as a chambermaid; Baron Ochs flirts with “her”. [Ger. Opera: Strauss Der Rosenkavalier in Benét, 877]
Odysseus
changed by Athena into an old beggar to avoid his recognition by Penelope’s suitors. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Paolo, Don
political agitator dressed incognito as priest. [Ital. Lit.: Bread and Wine]
Paris
disguised as priest of Venus to free Helen. [Fr. Operetta: Offenbach, La Belle Hélène, Westerman, 272–273]
Pierre, Maître
a French merchant; in reality, King Louis XI. [Br. Lit.: Quentin Durward, Magill I, 795–797]
Portia
heiress disguises herself as a lawyer and wins a case for her fiancé’s friend. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice]
Rodolph, Grand Duke
roams the streets in disguise, befriending the unfortunate. [Fr. Lit.: Sue The Mysteries of Paris in Magill I, 632]
Rosalind
disguises herself as a male. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Saladin
Saracen leader, in doctor’s garb, cures Richard’s illness. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
Serannes, Theodore de
“young man” in reality Mademoiselle de Maupin. [Fr. Lit.: Mademoiselle de Maupin, Magill I, 542–543]
Siegfried
disguised as Gunther, steals gold ring from Brunhild. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Götterdämmerung, Westerman, 244]
Spina, Pietro
antifascist patriot disguises himself as a priest. [Ital. Lit.: Bread and Wine]
Superman
superhero under guise of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter. [Comics: Horn, 642]
Thousandfurs
king’s daughter works anonymously, cloaked in manypelted coat. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 245]
Toad of Toad Hall
passes as washerwoman to escape from jail. [Children’s Lit.: The Wind in the Willows]
Toinette
disguises herself as a doctor and prescribes radical treatment for a hypochondriac. [Fr. Drama: Moliére Le Malade Imaginaire in Sobel, 445]
Vicentio
masquerades as Friar Lodowick. [Br. Lit.: Measure for Measure]
Viola
masquerades as Cesario. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
Zeus
disguises himself as: satyr to lie with Antiope, Amphitryon with Alcmena, Artemis with Callisto, shower of gold with Danaë, white bull with Europa, swan with Leda, flame of fire with Aegina, and cuckoo with Hera. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 1719; New Century, 1158; Zimmerman, 293]
Zorro
masked swordsman, defender of weak and oppressed. [Am. Lit.: comic strip (1919); Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 794; TV: Terrace, II, 461–462]
References in classic literature ?
Maybe I understood because I saw her in that early hour of the morning when even the stony Memnon sings, in that mystical light of the young day when divine exiled things, condemned to rough bondage through the noon, are for a short magical hour their own celestial selves, their unearthly glory as yet unhidden by any earthly disguise.
All I know is," replied the captive, "that after having been in Constantinople two years, he escaped in the disguise of an Arnaut, in company with a Greek spy; but whether he regained his liberty or not I cannot tell, though I fancy he did, because a year afterwards I saw the Greek at Constantinople, though I was unable to ask him what the result of the journey was.
He must be steady, and civil, and sober, and expert, and tender-hearted," said Miss Emmerson, who thought of any thing but a hero in disguise.
He might claim the property from South America, establish his identity before the British authorities there and so obtain the fortune without ever coming to England at all, or he might adopt an elaborate disguise during the short time that he need be in London; or, again, he might furnish an accomplice with the proofs and papers, putting him in as heir, and retaining a claim upon some proportion of his income.
Nevertheless, if thou wilt go, take some disguise lest there be those there who may know thee.
Finally I promised one little girl, who made a long journey to see me and prefer her request, -- and she is a "Dorothy," by the way -- that when a thousand little girls had written me a thousand little letters asking for the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman I would write the book, Either little Dorothy was a fairy in disguise, and waved her magic wand, or the success of the stage production of "The Wizard of OZ" made new friends for the story, For the thousand letters reached their destination long since -- and many more followed them.
Ghak headed the strange procession, then came Perry, followed by Hooja, while I brought up the rear, after admonishing Hooja that I had so arranged my sword that I could thrust it through the head of my disguise into his vitals were he to show any indication of faltering.
Werper could scarce disguise the joy with which he received this welcome decision.
The ape-man grinned and crossed quickly to the opposite side of the street, for his delicate senses indicated that at this point the breeze stirring through the city streets and deflected by the opposite wall would now blow from the lion toward him as the beast passed, whereas if he remained upon the side of the street upon which he had been walking when he discovered the carnivore, his scent would have been borne to the nostrils of the animal, and Tarzan was sufficiently jungle-wise to realize that while he might deceive the eyes of man and beast he could not so easily disguise from the nostrils of one of the great cats that he was a creature of a different species from the inhabitants of the city, the only human beings, possibly, that Numa was familiar with.
Emily at a loss to understand how the fugitive could disguise himself.
For this purpose he assumed the character of a man and visited in this disguise a Sculptor's studio having looked at various statues, he demanded the price of two figures of Jupiter and Juno.
Unable to detect a weak point in this scheme of mutual advantage, the financier gave the promoter in disguise an order for the money, and wrote a note to his wife directing her to count out the girl.