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HATTERS
[ Also see Apparel Fashion Occupations ]

"Sye," he seyd, "be the same hatte
  I can knowe yf my wyfe be badde
    To me by eny other man;
      If my floures ouver fade or falle,
        Then doth my wyfe me wrong wyth alle
          As many a woman can."
      - Adam of Cobsham, The Wright's Chaste Wife
         (l. 265)

So Britain's monarch once uncovered sat,
  While Bradshaw bullied in a broad-brimmed hat.
      - Rev. James Bramston, Man of Taste

One should not talk of hatters in the house of the hanged.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote

A hat not much worse for wear.
      - William Cowper, History of John Gilpin

My new straw hat that's trimly lin'd with green,
  Let Peggy wear.
      - John Gay, Shepherd's Week--Friday (l. 125)

The hat is the ultimatum moriens of respectability.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VIII)

I know it is a sin
  For me to sit and grin
    At him here;
      But the old three-cornered hat
        And the breeches and all that
          Are so queer.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Last Leaf

The Quaker loves an ample brim,
  A hat that bows to no Salaam;
    And dear the beaver is to him
      As if it never made a dam.
      - Thomas Hood, All Round my Hat

A sermon on a hat: "'The hat, my boy, the hat, whatever it may be, is in itself nothing--makes nothing, goes for nothing; but, be sure of it, everything is life depends upon the cock of the hat.' For how many men--we put it to your own experience, reader--have made their way through the thronging crowds that beset fortune, not by the innate worth and excellence of their hats, but simply, as Sampson Piebald has it, by 'the cock of their hats'? The cock's all."
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        The Romance of a Keyhole (ch. III)

He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Beatrice at I, i)

I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
      - attributed to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington,
        upon seeing the first Reformed Parliament


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