A Compliment Ill-received

A PERSON who dined in company with Dr. Johnson endeavored to make his

court to him by laughing immoderately at everything he said. The doctor

bore it for some time with philosophical indifference; but the

impertinent ha, ha, ha! becoming intolerable, Pray, sir, said the

doctor, what is the matter? I hope I have not said anything that you

can comprehend.