Loyalty


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Loyalty

Achates
companion and faithful friend of Aeneas. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Adam
family retainer; offers Orlando his savings. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Aeneas
carried his father Anchises from burning Troy. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
alexandrite
type of chrysoberyl typifying undying devotion. [Gem Symbolism: Jobes, 67]
Antony, Mark
Caesar’s beloved friend; turns public opinion against Caesar’s assassins. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
Argus
Odysseus’ dog; overjoyed at Odysseus’ return, he dies. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Balderstone, Caleb
servant true to Ravenswoods despite poverty. [Br. Lit.: The Bride of Lammermoor]
Bevis
mastiff who “saved his master by his fidelity.” [Br. Lit.: Woodstock]
Blondel
loyal troubadour to Richard the Lion-hearted; helps him escape. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
bluebell
symbol of loyalty. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
Byam, Roger
remains faithful to Captain Bligh after mutiny. [Am. Lit.: Mutiny on the Bounty]
Camillo
as counsellor, exemplifies constancy. [Br. Lit.: The Winter’s Tale]
Chauvin, Nicolas
(fl. early 19th century) he followed Napoleon through everything. [Fr. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 164]
Chester Matt Dillon’s
lame but game sidekick. [TV: “Gun-smoke” in Terrace, I, 331–332]
Chingachgook
ever-devoted to Hawkeye. [Am. Lit.: The Last of the Mohicans]
Cordelia
faithful daughter of sea god Llyr [Celtic Myth.: Parrinder, 67]; loyal and loving daughter of King Lear. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
dog
ever pictured at feet of saints; “man’s best friend.” [Medieval Art: Brewer Dictionary, 332; Western Folklore: Misc.]
Dolius
the loyal retainer of Odysseus and Penelope. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Eros
Antony’s freed slave; kills himself rather than harm Antony. [Br. Lit.: Antony and Cleopatra]
Eumaeus
loyal swineherd of Odysseus. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Faithful Johannes
loyal servant dies for king and is resurrected. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 22]
Flavius
loyal and upright steward of Timon. [Br. Lit.: Timon of Athens]
Gloucester
faithful to Lear, he tries to save the king from his daughters’ cruelty. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare King Lear]
Gonzalo
Prospero’s “true preserver and a loyal sir.” [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Good-Deeds
only companion who ultimately accompanies Everyman. [Medieval Lit.: Everyman]
Horatio
true-blue friend of Hamlet. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Horton
“faithful one hundred percent,” Horton sits on the Mayzie bird’s egg until it is hatched. [Children’s Lit.: Horton Hatches the Egg]
Iolaus
nephew and trusted companion of Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 141]
Jonathan
stalwartly defended David; aided him in escape. [O.T.: I Samuel 20:32–34, 42; 23:16]
Kato
loyal servant of the Green Hornet. [Radio: “The Green Hornet” in Buxton, 102–103]
Kent
a “noble and true-hearted” courtier. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
Merrilies, Meg
Henry Bertram’s Gypsy-nurse; thoroughly devoted and protective. [Br. Lit.: Guy Mannering]
Moniplies, Richard Nigel’s
servant; helps him out of imbroglio. [Br. Lit.: Fortunes of Nigel]
Panza, Sancho
squire to Don Quixote. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
Passepartout
faithful valet of Phileas Fogg. [Fr. Lit.: Around the World in Eighty Days]
Pilar
fiercely devoted leader of a loyalist guerrilla group in the Spanish Civil War. [Am. Lit.: Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls]
pirates of Penzance
surrender only when charged by the police to yield in the name of their beloved Queen Victoria. [Br. Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance]
Ruth
devotedly follows mother-in-law to Bethlehem. [O.T.: Ruth 1:15–17]
Scipio
Gil Blas’ secretary; shares his imprisonment. [Fr. Lit.: Gil Blas]
speedwell
indicates female faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Suzuki
ever faithful to her mistress, especially in sorrow. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Westerman, 358]
Titinius Cassius’
loyal follower; follows him to death. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
Tom, Uncle
“noble, high-minded, devoutly Christian Negro slave.” [Am. Lit.: Uncle Tom’s Cabin]
Tonto
the Lone Ranger’s constant companion. [Radio: “The Lone Ranger” in Buxton, 143–144; Comics: Horn, 460; TV: Terrace, II, 34–35]
Weller, Samuel
servant helps imprisoned Mr. Pickwick by getting himself imprisoned with him. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pick-wick Papers]
Wiglaf
stood by Beowulf to fight dragon while others fled. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
References in classic literature ?
Whom they choose may count upon the loyalty of my sword, nor shall I seek the honour for myself.
As large as a Shetland pony, with hideous head and frightful fangs, he was indeed an awesome spectacle, as he crept after me on his ten short, muscular legs; but to me he was the embodiment of love and loyalty.
Then, too, as a simple panthan* he might win a greater degree of her confidence by his loyalty and faithfulness and a place in her esteem that seemed to have been closed to the resplendent Jed of Gathol.
I have been loyal to your father, Virginia, but were you not blind, or indifferent, you would long since have seen that your welfare means more to me than my loyalty to him--more to me than my life or my honor.
No, De Vac would find other means of satisfying his wounded pride, he would revel in revenge against this man for whom he felt no loyalty.
It was rather a decent compliment, and it taught me just how much I might rely on the loyalty of my new friend.
That she would have spurned Clayton once he had been stripped of both his title and his estates never for once occurred to Tarzan, for he credited to others the same honest loyalty that was so inherent a quality in himself.
Your Majesty's Royal Brother, the Emperor of Bang, is anxious to purchase it, but loyalty to your Majesty's throne and person constrains me to offer it first to your Majesty.
And then he saluted me, and strode from the bridge, a martyr to loyalty and friendship, for, though no man might know that Lieutenant Jefferson Turck had taken his ship across thirty, every man aboard would know that the first officer had committed a crime that was punishable by both degradation and death.
So far as they touch on this case, absolute loyalty and truth are the ones paramount.
Her own loyalty was threatening to weaken, and she shuddered and shrank from the contempt she could see creeping in.
Bill was enabled to go for an after-dinner stroll in a condition of almost painful loyalty to Claire.