But the point which drew all eyes, and, as it were, transfigured the wearer
-- so that both men and women who had been familiarly acquainted with Hester Prynne were now impressed as if they beheld her for the first time -- was that SCARLET LETTER, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom.
Sir Kay told how he had en- countered me in a far land of barbarians, who all wore the same ridiculous garb that I did -- a garb that was a work of enchantment, and intended to make the wearer
secure from hurt by human hands.
It transpired that this signifies that the wearer
has fought three duels in which a decision was reached--duels in which he either whipped or was whipped--for drawn battles do not count.
When I say petticoat, I use the word in its literal sense, not colloquially as a metaphor for its usual wearer
, meaning thereby a dainty feminine undergarment seen only by men on rainy days, and one might add washing-days.
The cut of his clothes would have made him pass for an elegant man, if those clothes had not been torn to shreds; still they did not show signs of wear, and the fine cloth, beneath the careful hands of the prisoner, soon recovered its gloss in the parts which were still perfect, for the wearer
tried his best to make it assume the appearance of a new coat.
Why, the wearer
must have shone like a golden image
If pock-marked and florid, with gartered legs, and a coat that snugly fitted the person of the wearer
, it was surely an English emigrant, who had bent his steps to this retired quarter of the globe.
Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer
invisible; and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle, and even up the glass mountain.
of this unusual dress, who seemed quite unconscious of the attention it was attracting, stood a moment in the centre of the box, discussing with Mrs.
There were also a dagger and several metal ornaments strewn about as though torn from their wearer
in a struggle.
Moliere set to work tracing out lines on the mirror, with a piece of Spanish chalk, following in all the make of my arms and my shoulders, all the while expounding this maxim, which I thought admirable: 'It is advisable that a dress should not incommode its wearer
Do clothes absorb a little of the character of their wearer
, so that I recognised this jacket by a certain coquetry?