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not much of anything, but well and truly elegant expression or saying

A more sophisticated and less substantial repast than usually appeared on the King family table

Origin

Slight misquote of a line in Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)

Collected by

Granny C – 1930s?
Margaret Collard – mother of Evelyn

Notes

The actual line is:
”The dinner was of eight courses; not much of anything, but truly elegant”

Might apply today to nouvelle cuisine.

Submitted: 04/03/2022 by Mark

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