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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]
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