By turns aggressive and relentless, yet apologetic all the while, here’s an account of a particularly English encounter:
“In 1792 Lady Almeria Braddock took umbrage over a remark about her age by a Mrs Elphinstone so they duelled in Hyde Park. Over 200 people saw Lady Braddock’s hat get blown off by a pistol shot and Mrs Elphinstone wounded in the arm during a sword fight. She apologised and they had tea.”
A lovely tale, wouldn’t you say?