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Learning French

When Brummell was obliged by want of money, and debt, and all that, to

retire to France, he knew no French; and having obtained a grammar for

the purpose of study, his friend Scrope Davies was asked what progress

Brummell had made in French. He responded, that Brummell had been

stopped, like Buonaparte in Russia, by the Elements.

"I have put this pun into Beppo, (says Lord Byron), which is a fair

exchange and no robbery, for Scrope made his fortune at several dinners,

(as he owned himself,) by repeating occasionally, as his own, some of

the buffooneries with which I had encountered him in the morning."

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