A dwarf in the service of Lady Clerimond. He had a winged
horse, which carried off Valentine, Orson, and Clerimond from the
dungeon of Ferragus to the palace of King Pepin, and afterwards carried
Valentine to the palace of Alexander, Emperor of Constantinople, his
father. (Valentine and Orson.)
It is a horse of Pacolet.
(French.) A very swift one, that will carry the rider anywhere; in
allusion to the enchanted flying horse of wood, belonging to the dwarf
Pacolet. (See above.
“I fear neither shot nor arrow, nor any horse how swift soever he may
be, not though he could outstrip the Pegasus of Perseus or of Pacolet,
being assured that I can make good my escape.” —Rabelais: Gargantua, bk. ii. 24.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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