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Ahasuerus
German name for the Wandering Jew. [Ger. Lit.: Benét, 1071]
Ancient Mariner
Coleridge’s wandering sailor. [Br. Lit.: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in Norton, 597–610]
Aniara
spaceship condemned to perpetual earth orbit. [Swed. Opera: Blomdahl, Aniara, Westerman, 562]
Argonauts
sailed with Jason in search of Golden Fleece. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 36]
Bedouin
a nomadic desert Arab. [Br. Folklore: Espy, 98]
Bloom, Leopold
Jewish advertising salesman whose wanderings around Dublin are ironic parallels of Ulysses’ voyages. [Irish Lit.: James Joyce Ulysses]
Cain
punished by God to life of vagrancy. [O.T.: Genesis 4:12]
Candide
a wanderer in search of best of all possible worlds. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
Cocytus
Hadean river where unburied were doomed to roam for 100 years. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 210]
Eulenspiegel, Till
roams Low Countries as soldier and deliverer. [Ger. Folklore: Benét, 325–326]
Flying Dutchman
spectral ship doomed to eternal wandering. [Marine Folklore: Benét, 355]
Goedzak, Lamme
accompanies Eulenspiegel on his circumambulations. [Ger. Folklore: Benét, 325–326]
Goliards
wandering scholar-poets of 12th-century Europe. [Medieval Hist.: NCE, 1105]
Gulliver, Lemuel
visits fabulous lands. [Br. Lit.: Gulliver’s Travels]
Gynt, Peer
Norwegian farmer drifts around without purpose. [Nor. Lit.: Peer Gynt, Magill I, 722–724]
Gypsy
member of nomadic people who usually travel in small caravans. [Eur. Hist.: NCE, 1168]
Harold, Childe
seeking an end to disappointment in love, he wanders about Europe. [Br. Poetry: Byron Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage in Magill IV, 127]
Herodias
condemned to wander the world for centuries for her part in the execution of John the Baptist. [Fr. Lit.: Eugene Sue The Wandering Jew]
Ishmael
“the wanderer” aboard Ahab’s ship. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick]
Kwai Chang Caine
Shaolin priest wanders throughout America. [TV: “Kung Fu” in Terrace I, 449]
Labre, St. Benedict
itinerant holy beggar. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 64]
land of Nod
condemned to vagabondage, Cain settles here. [O.T.: Genesis 4:16]
Meaulnes, Augustine
dreamer with a lifelong fondness for wandering into romantic adventures. [Fr. Lit.: The Wanderer in Magill I, 1081]
Melmoth the Wanderer
to win souls, he is cursed to roam earth after death. [Br. Lit.: Melmoth the Wanderer]
Moses
led his people through the wilderness for forty years. [O.T.: Pentateuch]
Mother Courage
shrewd old woman who makes her living by following the armies of the Thirty Years’ War selling her wares to the soldiers. [Ger. Drama: Brecht Mother Courage and Her Children in Benét, 690]
Nolan, Philip
transferred from ship to ship; never lands. [Am. Lit.: “The Man Without a Country” in Benét, 632]
Odysseus
(Ulysses) hero of the Trojan War wanders for seven years before returning home. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Omoo
Polynesian word for an island rover. [Am. Lit.: Omoo]
Ossian
a legendary, wandering Irish bard. [Irish Lit.: Harvey, 603]
Route 66
adventure series of two young men wandering along highway Route 66. [TV: Terrace, II, 259]
Rugg, Peter
wanders on horseback for fifty years, trying to find his way home. [Am. Lit.: Austin “Peter Rugg, the Missing Man” in Hart, 48]
Siddhartha
character who wanders in search of “inner truth.” [Ger. Lit.: Hesse, Siddhartha]
Travels with Charley
accompanied by his poodle, Steinbeck drives 10,000 miles through 40 states to discover America. [Am. Lit.: Steinbeck Travels with Charley in Benét, 961]
Travels with a Donkey
R. L. Stevenson’s wanderings through the mountains of southern France, accompanied by a donkey. [Br. Lit.: Magill I, 1014]
Wandering Jew
condemned to eternal wandering for mocking Christ. [Christian Legend: NCE, 2926; Fr. Lit.: Wandering Jew]
Yorick, Mr.
in a leisurely trip through 18th-century France, he meets a variety of people and enjoys the company of the fair sex. [Br. Lit.: Sterne A Sentimental Journey in Benét, 914]
References in classic literature ?
She opened the door of the room and went into the corridor, and then she began her wanderings.
All the next day he spent wandering about the fields, and toward evening the wolf came running to him in a great hurry and said,
A hut green-shadowed among firs, -- A sun that slopes in amber air, -- Lone wandering, my head I bare, While some far thrush the silence stirs.
And Thistle said he would stay and dwell with them; for he was tired of wandering alone, and thought he might live here till Lily-Bell should come, or till he was weary of the kind-hearted bees.
He experienced hospitable treatment at the hands of the agents of that company; but his men, heartily tired of wandering in the wilderness, or tempted by other prospects, refused, for the most part, to continue any longer in his service.
Poor wandering Hetty, with the rounded childish face and the hard, unloving, despairing soul looking out of it--with the narrow heart and narrow thoughts, no room in them for any sorrows but her own, and tasting that sorrow with the more intense bitterness
Parry -- the wandering Parry, as you call him -- has always wandered in the service of my family, and the sight of that old man always gives me satisfaction.
We are wandering, however, into excursive speculations, when our intention was merely to give an idea of the nature of the wilderness which Mr.
Not seldom that long wandering unfits us for further travel, and of what use is our experience to us then?
And so we came at last to another wonder, of deep and abiding interest-- the veritable house where the unhappy wretch once lived who has been celebrated in song and story for more than eighteen hundred years as the Wandering Jew.
It would make me very unhappy to think that she was wandering among strangers who might be unkind to her.
They are, too, often clumsy, wandering, and badly put together.