Uxbridge: "By God, sir, I've lost my leg!" Wellington: "By God, sir, so you have!" In most historical accounts I've read, I've always been struck by the recorded dialogue that took place in battle conditions, or otherwise situations of extreme peril. These would seem to indicate that our forefathers were either immune to pain, or so religiously drilled by their English masters that they would always utter a well-structured bon mot when most of us would be writhing in agony on the floor, issuing a string of expletives, or possibly soiling our pants. So what do you think - are we just a bit more girly these days, or are historical accounts written by bluffers?