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 French of Stratford atte Bowe.Fres’co-painting 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Done like a Frenchman, turn and turn again (1 Henry VI., iii. 4). The French are usually satirised by mediæval English authors as a fickle, wavering nation. Dr. Johnson says he once read a treatise the object of which was to show that a weathercock is a satire on the word Gallus (a Gaul or cock).   1
   Frenchman. The nickname of a Frenchman is “Crapaud” (q.v.), “Johnny” or “Jean,” “Mossoo,” “Robert Macaire” (q.v.); but of a Parisian “Grenouille” (Frog). (See BRISSOTINS.)   2
They stand erect, they dance whene’er they walk;
Monkeys in action, parroquets in talk.”
Gay: Epistle III.
   French Canadian, “Jean Baptiste.”   3
   French Peasantry, “Jacques Bonhomme.”   4
   French Reformers, “Brissotins” (q.v.).   5

 French of Stratford atte Bowe.Fres’co-painting 


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