"Hosier at the sign of the 'Three Little Chains,' of Ghent."
One might bring one's self to announce aldermen and burgomasters, but a hosier was too much.
"No, cross of God?" he exclaimed, in his voice of thunder, "Jacques Coppenole, hosier. Do you hear, usher?
The haughty air of the Flemish hosier, by humiliating the courtiers, had touched in all these plebeian souls that latent sentiment of dignity still vague and indistinct in the fifteenth century.
This hosier was an equal, who had just held his own before monsieur the cardinal.
When Defoe left school he went into the office of a merchant hosier. It was while he was in this office that King Charles II died and King James II came to the throne.
Secretly and safely he returned to London and there quietly again took up his trade of merchant hosier. But he did not lose his interest in the affairs of his country.
He nodded, twice or thrice, to a passing friend; and, resisting as many invitations to take a morning dram, pressed steadily onward, until they were clear of the turmoil, and had made their way through Hosier
Lane into Holborn.
After this memorable event, I went to the hatter's, and the bootmaker's, and the hosier
's, and felt rather like Mother Hubbard's dog whose outfit required the services of so many trades.
Edmund Burton, hosier
, in Newgate-street, with whom I received four hundred pounds for a portion.
Bound to Thomas Curzon, hosier
, Golden Fleece, Aldgate.
Although his brother showed so dim a glimmering of interest in their altered fortunes that it was very doubtful whether he understood them, Mr Dorrit caused him to be measured for new raiment by the hosiers
, tailors, hatters, and bootmakers whom he called in for himself; and ordered that his old clothes should be taken from him and burned.