There was certainly no harm in his travelling sixteen miles twice over on such an errand; but there was an air of foppery
and nonsense in it which she could not approve.
The interval had not entirely been bestowed in holding council with his confederates, for De Bracy had found leisure to decorate his person with all the foppery
of the times.
Robson, the scorner of the female sex, was not above the foppery
Besides, a man who has no foppery
at twenty will be a slatternly, dirty-collar, unbrushed-coat man at forty.
And there was a touch of foppery
about him, in the enormous white tie and the much-cherished whiskers of the fifties, which was only redeemed by that other touch of devilry that he had shown me in the corridor.
Miss Trix is equal to that sort of thing, but it is n't like Tom, for with all his foppery
he is a good fellow at heart.
I don't say it's the sort of nose one would wear out of mere foppery
," he admitted.
Modern English nationalism started as a revolt against this kind of foppery
in the name of John Bull, roast beef and Old England.
In many ways, Robinson's critique of fashionable life was nothing new: one need only recall the laughable bellicosity of Flash or the foppery
of Fribble in David Garrick's Miss in Her Teens (1747) or of the numerous anti-gambling dramas that preceded Nobody.
18) "And here I cannot but smile to think how I have paid off myself in showing the foppery
of this kind of learning, who myself am so manifest an example; for do I not the same throughout almost this whole book?
The quicote carries associations to oriental refinement, sensuous luxury, to a monarch famous for frivolity and foppery
, but not for fatherhood.
Such extream [sic] nicety as I exacted of myself might be a kind of foppery
in morals, which, if it were known, would make me [appear] ridiculous [and I am unwilling to appear ridiculous in the eyes of others]" (ibid.