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Gaiety

Gallantry (See CHIVALRY.)
butterfly orchis
symbol of gaiety. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
Gay 90s
the 1890s, a decade of carefree and exciting days in America. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 162]
“L’Allegro”
pastoral idyll celebrating gaiety and cheerfulness. [Br. Lit.: Milton “L’Allegro”]
Mardi Gras
festive day celebrated at the close of the pre-Lenten season in France and in New Orleans. [Fr. and Am. Trad.: EB, VI, 608]
Roaring Twenties, the
the 1920s decade of the Jazz Age and the boom years before the depression. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 515]
shamrock
indicates light-heartedness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
References in classic literature ?
said he; "I shall want to lay in a stock of gayety now my Frenchmen are leaving me.
sire, it will not be with the gayety as with the duke's sword; I will give it to your majesty gratis," replied D'Artagnan, whose feet scarcely seemed to touch the ground.
The gayety of the camp was at an end; all preparations for musk-rat trapping were suspended, and all hands sallied forth to examine the trail.
she cried, with a gayety in which there was something dreadful.
It was still early in the afternoon when the gayety at the dinner-table began, in certain quarters, to show signs of wearing out.
There was a soft, underlying tenderness in Magdalen's assumed gayety of manner -- there was a sudden thoughtfulness in her face, a confidential readiness in her hand, as she took Frank's arm and went out to the carriage.
Young Edwards was hourly becoming more familiarized to his situation, and not infrequently mingled in the parties with an unconcern and gayety that for a short time would expel all unpleasant recollections from his mind.
I sometimes wonder," replied Athos, smiling at that gayety which recalled the good old days, "that we could form an association of men who would be, after twenty years of separation, still so closely bound together.
Inez too, had a share in rousing my gayety, and the vivacity that always resides in young veins.
Instead, "from the first to the last moment of her democratical constitution, levity, gayety, inconstancy, dissipation, intemperance, debauchery, and a dissolution of manners, were the prevailing character of the whole nation.
Like the unrevealed past of characters such as Miriam, the setting and its history form the backdrop of the drama: "There was much pastime and gayety, just then, in the area of the Coliseum, where so many gladiators and wild beasts had fought and died, and where so much blood of Christian martyrs had been lapped up by that fiercest of wild beasts, the Roman populace of yore" (4:154).
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