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Written by Rachel G
(8/21/2011 2:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 71: A joke that rubs me the wrong way, penned by Line
But I am sure I have come across the expression "Born to be hanged". It was used referring to particularly lively, naughty boys, and, in my mind, was uttered with a sense of affectionate exasperation. Maybe JA's comment should be understood in a similar way.
I think it was said of the young hero of Henry Fielding's 1749 novel "Tom Jones".
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