British synonymy by Hester Lynch Piozzi

March 23, 2009

«You are a saucy fellow,» says dying Catherine in Shakespeare’s Henry the Eighth, when a messenger running in hastily forgets his due obeisance to the expiring Queen, who adds with equal dignity and pathos: «Deserve we no more reverence?» A bold man is one who speaks blunt truths, out of season perhaps, and is likely enough to be called saucy, though naturally unwilling to be so. Clytns was bold when he thwarted Alexander’s pride at the feast; and Sir Thomas More lost one of the wisest heads ever worn by man through his honest boldness, or bold honesty.

Bibliography of works about Hester Lynch Piozzi maintained here: http://web.missouri.edu/~justiceg/piozzi/bibliography.html

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