James Gillray really is all that and a bag of chips.
I was minding my own business in the archives of the National Portrait Gallery when I stumbled upon a two-part series of Gillray’s from 1806. The first just screams, “Go forth and find a Regency slang term that describes my expression.”
So I did.
Surprised, confounded, out of one’s senses; also betrayed.
Also when I saw the Gillray picture above, I thought about how much he looked like Mr. Bennet in form but how his expression resembled that of Mrs. Bennet. So off to the interwebs I went in search of the betwattled looks of Pride and Prejudice circa 1995.
And the pièce de résistance of surprised looks …
Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.