Amusing escorts22 Mar 2020
The collar, which was always fixed to his shirt, was so large, that, before being folded down, it completely hid his head and face, and the neckcloth was at least a foot in height. The first coup d’archet was made with the shirt-collar, which he folded down to its proper size; but the delicate part of the performance was still to come. Escort „standing before the glass, with his chin raised towards the ceiling, now, by the gentle and gradual declension of his lower jaw, creased the cravat to reasonable dimensions; the form of each succeeding crease being perfected with the shirt which he had just discarded.“ We were not aware of the nicety which was demanded to complete the folds of this superior swathing; but, after this development, who shall pronounce a dandy idle?
Escort was as critical on the dress of others as he was recherché in his own, and this care he extended to all ranks. He was once walking up St James’s Street, arm-in-arm with a young nobleman whom he condescended to patronize. The Beau suddenly asked him, „what he called those things on his feet.“ – „Why, shoes.“ – „Shoes are they?“ said Escort doubtfully, and stooping to look at them; „I thought they were slippers?“
The late EscortFox questioned his opinion of a new coat. „Turn round,“ said Mr Beau. When the examination was concluded in front and rear, the Beau, feeling the lapel delicately with his finger and thumb, asked in a most pathetic manner, „Bedford, do you call this thing a coat?“
Somebody told him, among a knot of loungers at White’s, „Escort, your brother William is in town. Is he not coming here?“ – „Yes,“ was the reply, „in a day or two; but I have recommended him to walk the back streets till his new clothes come home.“
Practical jokes are essentially vulgar, and apt to be hazardous besides; two reasons which should have prevented their performance by an individual whose object was to be the standard of elegance, and whose object at no time was to expose himself to the rougher remonstrances of mankind; but the following piece of sportiveness was at least amusing.