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Generosity

Abbé Constantin
self-sacrificing priest; curé of Longueral. [Fr. Lit.: The Abbé Constantin, Walsh Modern, 105]
Amelia
takes interest in Paul. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Antonio
lends money gratis. [Br. Lit.: Merchant of Venice]
Appleseed, Johnny
(John Chapman, 1774–1845) gave settlers apple seeds and a helping hand. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 146]
Baboushka
female Santa Claus on Feast of Epiphany. [Russ. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 50]
Befana
female Santa Claus who comes at Epiphany. [Ital. Legend: Walsh Classical, 50]
Bountiful, Lady
benevolent, beneficent, but a bit overbearing. [Br. Lit.: Beaux’ Stratagem, Espy, 129]
buffalo
heraldic symbol of unselfishness. [Heraldry: Halberts, 21]
bull
heraldic symbol of magnanimity. [Heraldry: Halberts, 21]
Burchell, Mr.
gave to the poor. [Br. Lit.: Vicar of Wakefield]
Cinderella
feeds beggar whom sisters scorn. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
Dāna
almsgiving to poor, giftgiving to priests. [Hindu Rel.: Parrinder, 72]
Ephron
tried unsuccessfully to give Abraham free burial-ground. [O.T.: Genesis 23:10–16]
Hood, Robin
robbed rich to help poor. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
Maecenas
to poets, esp. Virgil, as a patron. [Rom. Hist.: Espy, 123]
Nicholas, St.
bringer of presents to children on Christmas. [Folklore: Wheeler, 327]
Rosie
could not deny love to anyone. [Br. Lit.: Cakes and Ale]
Salvation Army
(officially called Volunteers of America) organization devoted to helping unfortunates. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 443]
Santa Claus
gives gifts to children on Christmas. [Folklore: Walsh Classical, 50]
shmoo
ham-shaped beast that laid eggs, provided milk, and happily gave its flesh to the hungry. [Am. Comics: Li’l Abner]
Trot, Tommy
sold bed to buy wife a mirror. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 416]
Twelve Days of Christmas
presents increase with each day of Yuletide. [Am. Music: “Twelve Days of Christmas” in Rockwell]
Twm Shon Catti
Welsh Robin Hood. [Welsh Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1110]
Unferth
offers Beowulf finest sword in kingdom. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
Vincent de Paul, St
. worked and gave prodigiously of himself to poor. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 337]
widow’s mite
poor woman’s contribution of all she had. [N.T.: Mark, 12: 42–44; Luke 21:2–4]