E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dagger-scene in the House of Commons.
Edmund Burke, during the French Revolution, tried a bit of bunkum by throwing down a dagger on the floor of the House, exclaiming as he did so, Theres French fraternity for you! Such is the weapon which French Jacobins would plunge into the heart of our beloved king. Sheridan spoilt the dramatic effect, and set the House in a roar by his remark, The gentleman, I see, has brought his knife with him, but where is his fork? (See COUP DE THEATRE.)