M is for Macduff, Milton, Montaigne and Manon

M is Macduff, who’s prevailed upon Milton,

And Montaigne and Manon to each try a kilt on.

M is for Macduff

The Letter ‘M’

In the illustration to ‘M’, Manon, the lead in the opera of the same name, is in a large eighteenth-century hat and holding a crook. She stands amid three historical figures wearing a kilt like she does: Lord Macduff, a character in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and, less believably, the English poet John Milton and the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.

From An Alphabet of Celebrities by Oliver Herford (1899).