Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, notes that names can become adjectives when the character become closely connected to a behavior.
Can you name the character, and give the adjective?
The hero of a novel by Miguel de Cervantes engaged himself in endless knightly quests, rescuing damsels he deemed to be in distress and fighting monsters by tilting against windmills. The adjective describes people who are idealist and chivalrous to an extravagant degree.
In 1516, Sir Thomas More wrote a book about an ideal state. As a name for both the novel and the place, More coined the name from the Greek parts ou "no", topos, "place", and ia, "state of being". The resulting word designates any ideal society.
Charles Dickens was well known for creating characters which epitomized a particular behavior. Even though old Ebenezer's heart turned from stone to gold at the end of A Christmas Carol, we still use his name to describe a mean and miserly person.
Here are the answers to last week's trivia questions:
(Also from Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)
Can you match these autobiographical titles up with the authors who wrote them?
Black Boy : Richard Wright
The Diary of a Young Girl : Anne Frank
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings : Maya Angelou
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog : Dylan Thomas
Roughing It : Mark Twain