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Edgar

or Edgardo. Master of Ravenswood, in love with Lucy Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor). While absent in France on an important embassy, the lady is led to believe that her lover has proved faithless to her, and in the torrent of her indignation consents to marry the laird of Bucklaw, but stabs him on the wedding-night, goes mad, and dies. In the opera Edgardo stabs himself also; but in the novel he is lost in the quicksands at Kelpies-Flow, in accordance with an ancient prophecy. (Donizetti's opera of “Lucia di Lammermoor”; Sir Walter Scott's “Bride of Lammermoor.”

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