I met this dandy near The Circus in Bath, England. See former blog on The Circus. He claimed to be a scholar of 18th century history, which was during Bath’s glory years. We chatted for a while and he used his cane to point out various facts about the neighborhood. I suspect he was a walking-tour guide, which are popular in Bath.
According to Wikipedia, a dandy is, “a man who places particular importance on physical appearance, refined language and leisurely hobbies.” In England, the term was historically applied to a self-made man who imitated the aristocratic lifestyle though he came from a middle class background.
Hmmm, until I met this gent, the only dandy I was aware of was Dandy Don Meridith, former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and Monday Night Football commentator. Now, I’ve met a real dandy.
Thought for the Day: Costly thy habit [dress] as thy purse can buy; But not expressed in fancy – rich, not gaudy. For the apparel oft proclaims the man. William Shakespeare