Quick Quotes 1. The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889):
In America, gentlemen’s dress is plain, even severe : a high hat, black coat, dark trousers, fancy cloth is little used, even in travelling.
I remember well the sensation I created with a pair of light-grey trousers in a small Pennsylvanian town. Everyone seemed to look at me as if I had been a strange animal ; in the hotel the waitresses nudged one another, and scarcely repressed a giggle ; and the street-urchins followed me as if I had been a member of the Sioux tribe in national costume. The day after my arrival, one of the local papers announced that ‘‘a Frenchman had landed in the town the day before in white trousers, and that his popularity had been as prompt as decisive.”
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