waggery


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Marlow's association with her changes his understanding so that he abandons the masculinity that made him the butt of Tony's country waggery and, as a result, he no longer faces the threat of town ridicule as the "Dullissimo Maccaroni."
Here Sir Thomas wants his friend Bramble to acknowledge that this crude horseplay amounted to a masterpiece ("coup de maitre") of waggery: "Such a camiscata, scagliata, beffata!--O, che roba!--O, what a subject!--O what caricatura!--O, for a Rosa, a Rembrandt, a Schalken!--Zooks, I'll give a hundred guineas to have it painted!" Bramble fails to respond, but the unheeding knight goes on trotting out his learned-up phrases: "Such a farce!
They are found in the quarters of an invisible little people they call "husbands," who are also different-colored at the roots, laughing a good deal at the waggery of visiting lecturers found in their women's beds.
OUR award for most puerile stunt goes to Telewest for the weakest attempt at waggery since George Bush said: "My mother always said when eating pretzels, chew before you swallow."
For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery. For he knows that God is his Saviour.