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Lady Almeria Braddock And Mrs. Elphinstone's 'Petticoat Duel' Is A Reminder that one simple comment prompted the so-called "Petticoat Duel" of 1792. While Lady Almeria Braddock and a Mrs. Elphinstone were enjoying some light conversation, the latter said to Braddock, "You have been a very beautiful woman."
Braddock apparently took issue with the implication - that her beauty was in the past - as well as Elphinstone's follow-up: "You have a very good autumnal face... but you must acknowledge that the lilies and roses are somewhat faded."
The exchange led to a duel between the women at London's Hyde Park soon after. Each had a pistol, and Elphinstone reportedly hit Braddock's hat. They were then handed swords and, during the exchange, Elphinstone was struck on the arm. At that point, they'd both gotten some level of satisfaction, and they ended their confrontation.
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