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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 Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Volume 23

William Makepeace Thackeray - English literature - 1885
...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 following,...
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Alexander Pope

Leslie Stephen - Poets, English - 1902 - 216 pages
...because, dearest, you are a dunce !" When she mentioned this to him some time afterwards he replied : " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." The truth could not be more neatly put. Boswell notes, with some surprise, that when Johnson dined...
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The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 295

English periodicals - 1903
...and that the sapient doctor was wrong. When she mentioned his speech to him afterwards, he replied, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." But, all the same, the name " little dunce " stuck to her. Boswell also records an incident which did...
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The Life of Laurence Sterne, Volume 1

Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald - 1904
...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 rough-and-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never forgave...
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The Complete Works and Life of Laurence Sterne, Volume 6

Laurence Sterne - 1904
...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 rough-and-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never forgave...
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The Works of Laurence Sterne: The life of Laurence Sterne by Percy Fitzgerald

Laurence Sterne - 1904
...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 rough-and-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never forgave...
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A Later Pepys: The Correspondence of Sir William Weller Pepys ..., Volume 1

Alice Cecilia Caroline Gaussen - 1904
...affected her, "That is because, dearest, you're a dunce," rejoined the Doctor. He afterwards added, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." Bennet Langton, writing to Boswell, enumerated a group of blue stockings at Miss Monckton's house....
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A Later Pepys: The Correspondence of Sir William Weller Pepys ..., Volume 1

Sir William Weller Pepys - 1904
...affected her, "That is because, dearest, you're a dunce," rejoined the Doctor. He afterwards added, " Madam, if I had thought so, I certainly should not have said it." Bennet Langton, writing to Boswell, enumerated a group of blue stockings at Miss Monckton's house....
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Laurence Sterne - 1906
...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 rough-and-ready verdicts. The moralist someway never forgave...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1907
...because, dearest, you're a dunce." When she sometimes afterwards mentioned this to him, he said with equal truth and politeness ; " Madam, if I had thought...custom, had circulated the bottle very freely. Lord 1 When I mentioned this to the Bishop of Killaloe, " With the goat" said his Lordship, Such, however,...
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