Tracks Of A Rolling Stone By Henry J. Coke

 -   At dinner-parties or 
at balls, they adorned themselves in satin scarfs, with a 
jewelled pin or chained pair of - Page 90
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At Dinner-Parties Or At Balls, They Adorned Themselves In Satin Scarfs, With A Jewelled Pin Or Chained Pair Of Pins Stuck In Them.

I well remember the rebellion - the protest against effeminacy - which the white tie called forth amongst some of us upon its first invasion on evening dress.

The women were in favour of it, and, of course, carried the day; but not without a struggle. One night at Holkham - we were a large party, I daresay at least fifty at dinner - the men came down in black scarfs, the women in white 'chokers.' To make the contest complete, these all sat on one side of the table, and we men on the other. The battle was not renewed; both factions surrendered. But the women, as usual, got their way, and - their men.

For my part I could never endure the original white neckcloth. It was stiffly starched, and wound twice round the neck; so I abjured it for the rest of my days; now and then I got the credit of being a coxcomb - not for my pains, but for my comfort. Once, when dining at the Viceregal Lodge at Dublin, I was 'pulled up' by an aide-de-camp for my unbecoming attire; but I stuck to my colours, and was none the worse. Another time my offence called forth a touch of good nature on the part of a great man, which I hardly know how to speak of without writing me down an ass.

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