‘For The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man’
Kier Hardy,(1856-1815) first Socialist Member of Parliament on the first day of entering the House of Commons was stopped by the police man at the gate. Looking at the figure in his cloth-cap the guard asked:’ Are you working here?’
‘Yes,’ replied Hardie who was indeed a Lancashire miner.
‘On the roof?’
‘No,’ replied the M.P,’On the floor.’
Zachary Taylor(1784-1850) was known as ‘Old Rough and Ready’ for his short and dumpy figure made all the more worse by his thick neck and old battered straw hat that he always sported. He was the least military looking general,- and he looked more a codger that he was mistaken by a newly appointed lieutenant from the West Point.
He mistook him for a camp follower and addressed him as ‘say old codger.’
Later when he realized his mistake he hastened to the general to make amends. Accepting his apology Zachary Taylor said with a smile,’Never judge a stranger by his clothes.’
William Rufus(1087-1100) who reigned as William II had notions of dressing in extraordinary clothes as befitting his majesty. One morning while putting on his new boots he asked his chamberlain what they cost.
He replied,’Three shillings.’ The king shouted,’You son of a whore, how long has the king worn boots so petty a price?’He added,’Go bring me a pair worth a mark of silver.’
The chamberlain went and brought a much cheaper pair. When asked of the price he replied that it cost as much he was allowed. He also added that it suited his majesty handsomely. His answer pacified the king who let his chamberlain a free hand to choose his clothes. Not only he pleased the king thereby he also lined his pocket handsomely.