In Chesteron's play Magic a character often uses a phrase such as “as old Buffle used to say” or variations thereof. Is this, or used it to be, a common phrase? Does it have a specific meaning or is it just a foible of that character (the Duke)? The only connection I seem to find is with a character in Dickens's “Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy”, a Mr Buffle.
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I believe the Duke, an amiable fathead if ever there was one, is referring to Georges Leclerc, comte de Buffon (usually called Buffon in English), a noted biologist. See, for example, this citation:
In What I saw in America, Chesterton mentions a Buffle as an Oxford's Don and an English Type. Couldn't we see Old Buffle as the embodiment of the upper Class common sense for the poor Duke? It would make more sense than the Buffon's connection.