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I've just watched Barry Lyndon. At the beginning Barry asked Nora if she was obliged to dance with another man and she responded: "He dances prettily, to be sure, and is a pleasant rattle of a man".

So what does "pleasant rattle of a man" mean? Maybe it's a pleasure to talk with him or he talks a lot that can't be stopped.

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I believe you are right: 'rattle' is here defined as

an idle chatterer

All in all, Nora seems pleased with how entertaining this man's company is.

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