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 (ēv′lĭn, ĕv′-), John 1620-1706.
English writer whose Diary, published in 1818, is a valuable historical record of his times.
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(ˈiːvlɪn; ˈɛv-)
(Biography) John. 1620–1706, English author, noted chiefly for his diary (1640–1706)
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(ˈiv lɪn)

John, 1620–1706, English diarist.
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"I like that," said Evelyn. "And what's your friend's name?"
The full and romantic career of Evelyn Murgatroyd is best hit off by her own words, "Call me Evelyn and I'll call you St.
Evelyn blushed very slightly and then turned with some impetuosity upon Mr.
Then Evelyn exclaimed, "Splendid!" She took hold of the hand that was next her; it chanced to be Miss Allan's hand.
Inglethorp turned to give some instructions about letters to Evelyn Howard, and her husband addressed me in his painstaking voice:
She always had a rough tongue, but there is no stauncher friend in England than Evelyn Howard."
For the first time I felt that, with Evelyn Howard, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere.
The father is dead now, and she has a guardian, the best and kindest man in the world; he is rather old of course, and sometimes very quiet and grave, but sometimes when he is happy, he is full of fun, and then Evelyn is not afraid of him.
In rather sharp contrast stands the 'Diary' of John Evelyn, which in much shorter space and virtually only in a series of glimpses covers seventy years of time.
This gracious English maiden, with her clinging robes, her amulets and girdles, with something quaint and angular in her step, her carriage something mediaeval and Gothic, in the details of her person and dress, this lovely Evelyn Vane (isn't it a beautiful name?) is deeply, delightfully picturesque.
March mildly observed, "salad was one of the favorite dishes of the ancients, and Evelyn..." Here a general explosion of laughter cut short the `history of salads', to the great surprise of the learned gentleman.