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" I am sure (said she) they have affected me" — " Why (said Johnson, smiling, and rolling himself about,) that is, because, dearest, you're a dunce." When she some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said with equal truth and politeness ; " Madam,... "
The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of his tour to the ... - Page 76
by James Boswell - 1835
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of a tour to ..., Volume 4

James Boswell - 1831
...because, dearest, you 're a dunce." When she some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said, with equal truth and politeness, " Madam, if I had thought...agreeable party; and his grace, according to his usual ciistom, had circulated the bottle very freely. Lord Graham and I went together to Miss Monckton's,...
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The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 169

Early English newspapers - 1840
...affected me.' ' Why,' said Johnson, smiling, and rolling himself about, ' that is because, dearest, you're a dunce.' When she some time afterwards mentioned...thought so, I certainly should not have said it.' " Poor Bozzy's indiscretion at her house, after having enjoyed too freely the hospitality of the Duke...
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Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 19

Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith - English literature - 1846
...dunce.' — When she VOL. XIX. Y some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said, with equal troth and politeness, ' Madam ! if I had thought so, I certainly should not hare said it.' " Poor Bozzy's indiscretion at her house, after having enjoyed too freely the hospitality...
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Doctor Johnson: his religious life and his death...

Robert Armitage - Authors, English - 1850 - 539 pages
...because, dearest, you're a dunce." When she some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said, with equal truth and politeness,—" Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." Yet other eminent men thought well of Sterne. Of the celebrated father of Lord Chancellor Bathurst,...
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The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century: A Series of Lectures ...

William Makepeace Thackeray - English literature - 1853 - 309 pages
...because, dearest, you're a dunce.' When she- some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said with equal truth and politeness, 'Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it.'" — Ibid. ** A passage or two from Sterne's " Sermons " may not be without interest here. Is not the...
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The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century: A Series of Lectures

William Makepeace Thackeray - English literature - 1853 - 297 pages
...because, dearest, you're a dunce.' When she some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said with equal truth and politeness, ' Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it.' " — Ibid. in possession of the cynical old curate of Meudon,1 — the 1 A passage or two from Sterne's...
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The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century: A Series of Lectures

William Makepeace Thackeray - English literature - 1854 - 297 pages
...because, dearest, you're a dunce.' When she some time afterwards mentioned this to him, he said with equal truth and politeness, ' Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it.' "— Ibid. in possession of the cynical old curate of Meudon,1 — the 1 A passage or two from Sterne's...
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The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, Volume 32

1854
...lady, who was an especial favorite with him, reminded him afterwards of the speech, he answered, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." He probably thought as little what he asserted in disparagement of Sterne, and only spoke out of a...
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The Cornhill Magazine, Volume 17; Volume 21

George Smith, William Makepeace Thackeray - England - 1868
...because, dearest, you're a dunce." When she sometime afterwards mentioned this to him he said, with equal truth and politeness, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." It appears to have been at the same house that Boswell, having previously taken at the Duke of Montrose's,...
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Notes and collections relating to Brewood

Brewood - 1860
...dunce ; and, on being afterwards reminded of it by the lady, answering, with admirable readiness, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." Lady Cork's paramount pleasure was seeking out really distinguished people in politics, literature,...
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