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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 Ladies' Pageant

Edward Verrall Lucas - Women - 1908 - 371 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." II James Bos-well SHE was one of the most curious figures in the London Society of my girlish days....
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Her Infinite Variety: A Feminine Portrait Gallery

Edward Verrall Lucas - English literature - 1908 - 371 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." James Bosiuell II SHE was one of the most curious figures in the London Society of my girlish days....
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Works: A New, Rev. and Enl. Ed., with Illus, Volume 10

George Gordon Byron Baron Byron - 1922
...because, "dearest, you are 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, who tells the story, puts the date at 1781. A year later, Madame d'Arblay, in her Diary...
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Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, Volume 9

1896
...dearest, you're a dunce." Some time afterwards, when the lady reminded him of this speech, he replied, "Madam, if I had thought so I certainly should not have said so." It seems to us that the great man ought to have enjoyed himself at the Blue assemblies, since...
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The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century and Charity and Humour

William Makepeace Thackeray - Literary Collections - 2007 - 283 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. 91.03 the cynical old curate of Meudon,* * A passage or two from Sterne's "Sermons" may...
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Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 32

John Holmes Agnew, Walter Hilliard Bidwell - 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 be asserted in disparagement of Sterne, and only spoke out of a...
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