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The British were there and there was a certain novelty value about them, though not one as great as the Yanks had, even if the latter could be ugly, too, take--please!--the bumptiously sexist officer in "Rich and Rare were the Gems She Wore," though the colleen in the case is more than a little inclined towards the virginal.
As Felicia Hardison Londre notes, "the scenes in which the bumptiously boorish Mozart appears are dramatically the play's most effective" (emphasis mine).10 They represent the most active scenes; the sight of Mozart crawling around on the floor imitating animals with his wife stands in stark contrast to Salieri's soliloquies.
Bumptiously beady-eyed, restless between meaningless functions, Sir James has turned his sense of discomfiture into a personal art form.