If hosen and shoon thou ne'er gav'st nane

Rowland, Jennifer A B jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk
Thu May 1 07:58:38 EDT 2003


Kathleen wrote:
> I think it was Nick whose idea it was to give the clothes 
> away. Maree wasn't going to because she thought they were too 
> awful and Nick "said he didn't approve of throwing away 
> clothes" and makes her. <snip> It doesn't quite fit 
> with his being "sweetly kindly and totally selfish". 

Well, if you're getting rid of clothes you may as well give them as away as
throw them away, especially if you aren't the one who takes them down to the
charity shop. But yes, to think of it isn't selfish.
It's a bit unfair on poor people, isn't it? When the dirge was written
clothes were really expensive and most people would wear something until it
fell apart (like Maree, who could only give the old ones away because of the
money from Rupert.) But rich people tended to give old clothes to servants
even if they were quite stingy, because it was customary perks. Maybe it
only counts if you did it out of the kindness of your heart :)
Jennifer
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