Such is the kind of swaggering and rhodomontade
in which the "red men" are prone to indulge in their vainglorious moments; for, with all their vaunted taciturnity, they are vehemently prone at times to become eloquent about their exploits, and to sound their own trumpet.
Accordingly, in the panegyric (56) of cold spirits, Washington disappears in a cloud of commonplaces; in the rhodomontade
(57) of boiling patriots, he expires in the agonies of rant.
According to the narrator, John claims that he was "misled by the rhodomontade
of his friend to believe his father a man of substance and credit" (246).
Here was a form (ottava rima) flexible enough to accommodate any tone or effect, a theme at once traditional (the education sentimentale of the libertine) and radical (morality as relative rather than absolute), a mode capable of grandeur or farce, rhodomontade
or garrulous intimacy, satire or passionate sincerity: a poem, in short, which, like its author, was both committed to and detached from the contemporary world.
So - away with tendentious phrases; extraneous rhodomontade
was banished; we threw obfuscation to the dogs and cut to the bone as the laughter grew and the rain stopped.