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undine

(əndēn`, ŭn`dēn), in folklore, female water sprite who could acquire a soul by marrying a human being. If, however, her lover proved unfaithful, she had to return to the sea. The legend is the subject of Baron de La Motte-Fouqué's Undine and Jean Giraudoux's Ondine.

undine

female water spirit. [Medieval Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1115]
See: Water

undine

any of various female water spirits
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One hint of this imputation is their emphasis on the heroines' permeability: they compulsively replicate the values of their society, wanting to be what others wish them to be--or, to paraphrase Undine, wanting what others want.
While Undine tries to locate, define, and become a member of the "society" that will satisfy her social ambitions, her author is concerned with an equally vague term crucial to her literary ambitions: namely, "realism.
Terpstra weist auf die marchenhaften Elemente in Bekenntnis hin, die in einem dem Fouqueschen Kunstmarchen Undine (43) frei nachgebildeten Motiv-und Handlungszusammenhang funktionieren und auch Storms Bindung an die Romantik erkennbar werden lassen, (44) so wird z.
In the next scene, Jones again appears preening in a tuxedo in front of a mirror, with Undine watching from an ornate bed--which echoes the first scene in Dolly's Georgia cabin.
In contrast, Devana Chasma, Navka Planitia, and Undine Planitia are brighter due to their low elevations.
Central to the novel's consideration of print is an assessment of tabloid culture's impact on Undine Spragg, the novel's energetic main figure, and a polity comprised of media consumers.
Two artist records were set: Isamu Noguchi's Undine (Nadja) soared to $4,226,500 (est.
Two artist records were set: Isamu Noguchi's Undine (Nadja) soared to $4,226,500 and Salvador DalUa's Spectre du soir sur la plage totaled $5,682,500.
In The House of Mirth, Madame Regina's milliners both imitate and produce the fashions of the New York City aristocracy, while Undine Spragg of The Custom of the Country imagines "'artistic' dresses" as signs of marriage to a successful author (250).
Her name is clearly related to undine a water elemental from European folklore and a sentient sofa at one point compares her to Botticelli's Venus.
After the MacDonald comes one of the classic literary fairy-tales, or marchen, of German Romanticism, Friedrich de la Motte Fouque's Undine [1811], the tale of the tragic love between a human knight and a beautiful but soul-less elemental, the water-spirit Undine.
After World War II Latvian theatre was subjected to ideological pressures from the Soviet authorities and was forced to resort to Aesop's language," says Undine Adamaite, arts journalist for Diena, Riga's daily newspaper.