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Lancelot

(Sir). “The chief of knights” and “darling of the court.” Elaine, the lily of Astolat, fell in love with him, but he returned not her love, and she died. (See Elaine.) (Tennyson: Idylls of the King; Elaine.)

Lancelot

or Launcelot Gobbo. Shylock's servant, famous for his soliloquy whether or not he should run away from his master. (Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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