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FOPPERY
[ Also see Affectation Apparel Appearance Dandy Elegance Fashion Fastidiousness Fops Gentlemen Vanity ]

A lofty cane, a sword with silver hilt,
  A ring, two watches, and a snuff box gilt.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Recipe "To Make a Modern Fop"

Foppery, being the chronic condition of women, is not so much noticed as it is when it breaks out on the person of the male bird.
      - Honore de Balzac

'Tis mean for empty praise of wit to write,
  As fopplings grin to show their teeth are white.
      - John Brown (1), Essay of Satire (st. 2)

Ambiguous things that ape goats in their visage, women in their shape.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I marched the lobby, twirled my stick,
  . . . .
    The girls all cried, "He's quite the kick."
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Broad Grins--Song (st. 1)

Of all the fools that pride can boast,
  A Coxcomb claims distinction most.
      - John Gay, Fables (pt. II, fable 5)

Foppery is the egotism of clothes.
      - Victor Hugo

Foppery is never cured; it is the bad stamina of the mind, which, like those of the body, are never rectified; once a coxcomb always a coxcomb.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A beau is one who arranges his curled locks gracefully, who ever smells of balm, and cinnamon; who hums the songs of the Nile, and Cadiz; who throws his sleek arms into various attitudes; who idles away the whole day among the chair of the ladies, and is ever whispering into some one's ear; who reads little billets- doux from this quarter and that, and writes them in return; who avoids ruffling his dress by contact with his neighbour's sleeve, who knows with whom everybody is in love; who flutters from feast to feast, who can recount exactly the pedigree of Hirpinus. What do you tell me? is this a beau, Cotilus? Then a beau, Cotilus, is a very trifling thing.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. III, ep. 6)

Nature made every fop to plague his brother,
  Just as one beauty mortifies another.
      - Alexander Pope, Satire IV (l. 258)

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeits of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on.
  An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edmund at I, ii)

A fop? In this brave, licentious age
  To bring his musty morals on the stage?
    Rhime us to reason? and our lives redress
      In metre, as Druids did the savages.
      - Sir Samuel Tuke,
        The Adventures of Five Hours (act V)

Has death his fopperies?
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night II, l. 231)


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