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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 rhetoric of conversation, ed. by S. Jenner

George Winfred Hervey - 1860
...because, dearest, you're a dunce." When she sometime afterwards mentioned this to him, he said : " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." He would flatter Hannah More in no measured terms, but when she quit scores in the same coin, he begged...
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Autobiography, letters and literary remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale), Volume 1

Hester Lynch Piozzi - Literary Criticism - 1861 - 531 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." He did not come off so well on another occasion, when the presence of women whom he respected might...
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Autobiography, letters and literary remains of mrs. Piozzi, ed ..., Volume 1

Hester Lynch Piozzi - 1861
...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." He did not come off so well on another occasion, when the presence of women he respected might be expected...
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Autobiography Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (T

Hester L. S. Thrale Piozzi - History - 1861 - 506 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." He did not come off so well on another occasion, when the presence of women he respected might be expected...
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Montrose, and Other Biographical Sketches

James Graham Marquis of Montrose, Henry Winsor - 1861 - 400 pages
...because, dearest, you're a dunce." When she, some time afterwards, reminded him of this, he said : " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." At Inverary Castle, " Doctor Johnson talked a great deal, and was so entertaining that Lady Betty Hamilton,...
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Dublin University Magazine, a Literary and Political Journal

George Herbert - 1863
...dearest, you are a dunce ;" which unparliamentary language he afterwards handsomely withdrew, saying "with equal truth and politeness"--" Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it.' t Posterity has happily reversed many of these rough-and-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never...
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The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal

1863
...dearest, you are a dunce ;" which unparliamentary language he afterwards handsomely withdrew, saying "with equal truth and politeness'' — "Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it."t Posterity has happily reversed many of these rough-and-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never...
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The Oxford Thackeray: With Illustrations, Issue 76, Volume 13

William Makepeace Thackeray - 1829
...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." '— BOSWELL'S Life of Johnson. 1 A passage or two from Sterne's Sermons may not be without interest...
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Scraps. [An anthology, ed.] by H. Jenkins

esq Henry Jenkins - 1864
...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." — Boswell, 689. JOHNSON'S disorderly habits, when "making provision for the day that was passing...
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The Life of Laurence Sterne, Volume 2

1864
...dearest, you are a dunce ;" which unparliamentary stroke he afterwards handsomely withdrew, saying, " with equal truth and politeness, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." Posterity has happily reversed many of these roughand-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never forgave...
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