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Wandering

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]