He chose to lay aside his hat and wear a scarlet fez of her embroidering; but by superficial observers this was necessarily liable to be interpreted less as a compliment to Lucy than as a mark of coxcombry
. "Guest is a great coxcomb," young Torry observed; "but then he is a privileged person in St.
Many a young partridge who strutted complacently among the stubble, with all the finicking coxcombry
of youth, and many an older one who watched his levity out of his little round eye, with the contemptuous air of a bird of wisdom and experience, alike unconscious of their approaching doom, basked in the fresh morning air with lively and blithesome feelings, and a few hours afterwards were laid low upon the earth.
Deighton, late Principal of Agra College, who edited As You Like It for the Macmillan English Classics for Indian University Students, ended his introduction to the play with an invective against Jaques: "The coxcombry
of wisdom, sentimentality, and self-consciousness in which he pranks himself is redeemed by no generous action; his 'often rumination' has no outcome in the shape of reality; the experience he boasts of only makes him maudlin, 'And,' as Rosalind pithily sums it up, 'to travel for it too!'" (27)