Velvet garments sombre but rich, stiffly plaited ruffs
and bands, embroidered gloves, venerable beards, the mien and countenance of authority, made it easy to distinguish the gentleman of worship, at that period, from the tradesman, with his plodding air, or the laborer, in his leathern jerkin, stealing awe-stricken into the house which he had perhaps helped to build.
Some were pictures of children--little girls in thick satin frocks which reached to their feet and stood out about them, and boys with puffed sleeves and lace collars and long hair, or with big ruffs
around their necks.
Why must their ruffs
be always crinkled like endive leaves, and not crimped with a crimping iron?
Considering it, the mind reeled under visions of the feasts of Elagabalus; and the subtle harmonies of Debussy mingled with the musty, fragrant romance of chests in which have been kept old clothes, ruffs
, hose, doublets, of a forgotten generation, and the wan odour of lilies of the valley and the savour of Cheddar cheese.
order, I'll ne'er trust smooth faces and small ruffs
Everybody looked at her feet; and when she stepped through the chancel door on the church pavement, it seemed to her as if the old figures on the tombs, those portraits of old preachers and preachers' wives, with stiff ruffs
, and long black dresses, fixed their eyes on her red shoes.
Round the room hang I don't know how many generations of Crawleys, some with beards and ruffs
, some with huge wigs and toes turned out, some dressed in long straight stays and gowns that look as stiff as towers, and some with long ringlets, and oh, my dear
Here, in gold-embroidered red doublet, jewelled surcoat, and gilt-edged ruff
and wristbands, stood Sir Anthony Sherard, with his silver-and-black armour piled at his feet.
You wore a close ruff
, a small cap upon your head of the same color as your robe, and in that cap a heron's feather.
His garb, like that of his predecessors, was of an antique fashion, and there was a stain of blood upon his ruff
Imagine him a person of grave and benevolent aspect, dressed in a black velvet suit, with a broad ruff
around his neck, and a peaked beard upon his chin.
It used to be said, in her younger days, that if anything were amiss with a corpse, if only the ruff
were not smooth, or the cap did not set right, the corpse in the coffin and beneath the clods would strive to put up its cold hands and arrange it.