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Written by Barb JA
(10/4/2009 12:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Puppyism, penned by Barbara
1. Extreme meanness, affectation, conceit, or impudence.
I looked up dandy because I was was curious and found from the 1828 Webster's this funny definition.
I'm guessing a fop or dandy is mostly concerned with their outward appearance, while a coxcomb or puppy is all that and more.
Elinor in ch. 36 has these thoughts right at their introduction.
I think it is funny too, how he thinks he's so superior that he advises all the people around him. I think it's a similarity that Mr. Knightley sees in Frank Churchill: practised politician, who is to read every body's character.
Look at this quote by Pope from Webster's 1913 dictionary for coxcomb:
So much for Robert Ferrar's education. :-)
Anyway, Robert is free with his advice.
"My dear Lady Elliott, do not be uneasy. The dining parlour will admit eighteen couple with ease; card-tables may be placed in the drawing-room;.... blah, blah blah
Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
I loved Kate Lyle's description of a puppy running around for belly rubs. :-)
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