I want to hang fifty People! (Post No.5470)

Compiled by London Swaminathan
Date: 25 September 2018


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Post No. 5470


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Dr Samuel Johnson, when paying court to Mrs Porter confessed that his family was not without stain, as he had had an uncle who had been hanged.
Mrs Porter with a woman’s tact, set the good doctor’s mind at rest by assuring him that, although this was not the case with her, she had in her family at least fifty who deserved hanging.

pay court to = Pay flattering attention to someone in order to win favour.

When Madame de Stael published her celebrated novel Delphine, she was supposed to painted herself in the person of the heroine, and Talleyrand in that of an elderly lady, who is one of the principal characters.
They tell me, said he, the first time she met her,
That we are both of us in your novel, in the disguise of women.

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1st Prince of Benevento, then 1st Prince of Talleyrand, was a laicized French bishop, politician, and diplomat. (from Wikipedia)

Engagement Anecdotes

When George IV of England went to meet his future bride, Princess Caroline of Brunswick, he kissed her hand gallantly, and then, suddenly recoiling, he whispered to one of his friends,
For God’s sake , George, give me a glass of brandy.



What Brahms said,
In breaking his engagement to Agathe von Siebold, Brahms wrote to her,
I could not love thee, dear, so much if I did not love my freedom more.


Flirtation Anecdotes


Get that Villain! (I want to shoot him)

Near eighty, Aaron Burr, after he was married to Madame Jumel, engaged in flirting with country girls near the Jumel mansion.

One day the postmaster at what was then the village of Harlem was surprised to see Mrs Burr drive up before the post office in an open carriage. He found her in a violent temper and an enormous horse pistol on each cushion at her side.

What do you wish, Madam? he said.

What do I wish? she cried,
Let me get at that villain Aaron Burr.

Talleyrand once said,
Mme. de Genlis, in order to avoid the scandal of coquetry, always yielded easily.

Xxxx Subham xxx