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Mrs Sheridan told me that she was travelling in a stage-coach, and had sat silent for a long time while a fellow was chattering away like a magpie and thought they were all admiring his brightness. At last he simpered and said, “An’t I a most egregious coxcomb?” “Um?” cried an old deaf gentleman. Mrs. Sheridan bawled into his ear, “The gentleman, Sir is a great coxcomb: he thinks we don’t observe it, and he wants to tell us of it.” This confounded him so that he did not speak a word for a long time.

James Boswell: London Journal 1762-1763, ed. Frederick A. Pottle, London 1950, p. 91 [entry of 17 December 1762].

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