Naïveté


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Naïveté

Agnes
young girl, affects to be simple and ingenuous. [Fr. Lit.: L’Ecole des Femmes]
babes in the woods
applied to easily deceived or naive persons. [Folklore: Jobes, 169]
beardlessness
traditional representation of innocence and inexperience. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 190]
Carlisle, Lady Mary
couldn’t determine true nobility. [Am. Lit.: Monsieur Beaucaire, Magill I, 616–617]
Curlylocks
nursery rhyme heroine exemplifies innocence. [Folk-lore: Jobes, 398]
Do-Right, Dudley
Canadian mountie do-gooder. [TV: “The Dudley Do-Right Show” in Terrace, I, 229–230]
Dondi
foster child; confronts world with wide-eyed innocence. [Comics: Horn, 217–218]
Errol, Cedric
seven-year-old believes the best of everyone. [Am. Lit.: Little Lord Fauntleroy]
Evelina
17-year-old ingenuously circulates through fashionable London. [Br. Lit.: Evelina]
Georgette
Ted Baxter’s pretty, ignorant wife. [TV: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Terrace, II, 70–71]
Little Nell
meek little girl reared by grandfather. [Br. Lit.: The Old Curiosity Shop]
Miller, Daisy
innocent and ignorant American girl put in compromising European situations. [Am. Lit.: Daisy Miller]
Miranda
innocent and noble-minded daughter of Prospero. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Myshkin, Prince
loved for his innocence and frankness, lack of sophistication, and kind heart. [Russ. Lit.: Dostoevsky The Idiot]
Schlemihl, Peter
archetypal innocent; sold soul to devil. [Ger. Lit.: Peter Schlemihl; Fr. Opera: Westerman, Tales of Hoffman, 274–277]
Shosha
narrator’s mentally backward and utterly artless wife. [Am. Lit.: Shosha]
Tessa
childlike young woman who thinks herself wedded to Tito and obeys his command to tell nobody of their supposed marriage. [Br. Lit.: George Eliot Romola]
Topsy
young slave girl; completely naive. [Am. Lit.: Uncle Tom’s Cabin]
white lilac
flowers indicative of naivete, callowness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]