All the men and maids of the house, the old women of the Alms House, whom the elder Sir Pitt had cheated out of a great portion of their due, the parish clerk's family, and the special retainers of both Hall and Rectory were habited in sable; added to these, the undertaker's men, at least a score, with crapes and hatbands, and who made goodly show when the great burying show took place--but these are mute personages in our drama; and having nothing to do or say, need occupy a very little space here.
"Fine gal," said Rawdon, returning the salute which the cottage gave him, by two fingers applied to his crape hatband. Becky bowed and saluted, and recognized people here and there graciously.
There were pall-bearers on horseback, with the richest scarfs and hatbands
, and even the under-bearers had trappings of woe which were of a good well-priced quality.
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband
, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
That Oliver Twist was moved to resignation by the example of these good people, I cannot, although I am his biographer, undertake to affirm with any degree of confidence; but I can most distinctly say, that for many months he continued meekly to submit to the domination and ill-treatment of Noah Claypole: who used him far worse than before, now that his jealousy was roused by seeing the new boy promoted to the black stick and hatband
, while he, the old one, remained stationary in the muffin-cap and leathers.
The funeral had evidently taken place that day, for attached to his hat, which he still retained on his head, was a hatband
measuring about a yard and a half in length, which hung over the top rail of the chair and streamed negligently down.
At the twelfth he rested his lean hand-baggage upon the step and wiped the dust from his hatband
The artistic taste of some unknown hatter had furnished him with a hatband
of wholesale capacity which was fluted behind, from the crown of his hat to the brim, and terminated in a black bunch, from which the imagination shrunk discomfited and the reason revolted.
A day or two after the Quilp tea-party at the Wilderness, Mr Swiveller walked into Sampson Brass's office at the usual hour, and being alone in that Temple of Probity, placed his hat upon the desk, and taking from his pocket a small parcel of black crape, applied himself to folding and pinning the same upon it, after the manner of a hatband
. Having completed the construction of this appendage, he surveyed his work with great complacency, and put his hat on again--very much over one eye, to increase the mournfulness of the effect.
He withdrew it from his hatband
, where he always wore it aslant like a feather.
On the crowd's opening the coach doors, the one mourner scuffled out of himself and was in their hands for a moment; but he was so alert, and made such good use of his time, that in another moment he was scouring away up a bye-street, after shedding his cloak, hat, long hatband
, white pocket-handkerchief, and other symbolical tears.
Pullet was bound to appear in funeral hatband
and scarf at St.