A novel by Benjamin Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield). The characters are supposed to represent the following persons-
The Oxford Professor, Goldwin Smith.
Grandison, Cardinal Manning and Wiseman. Lothair, Marquis of Bute.
Catesby, Monseigneur Capel.
The Duke and Duchess, the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn. The Bishop, Bishop Wilberforce.
Corisande, one of the Ladies Hamilton.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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