Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.

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itemDignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 37).

item Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.

 

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item Taken from the following passage in Chapter 37 of Oliver Twist:

There are some promotions in life, which, independent of the more substantial rewards they offer, require peculiar value and dignity from the coats and waistcoats connected with them. A field-marshal has his uniform; a bishop his silk apron; a counsellor his silk gown; a beadle his cocked hat. Strip the bishop of his apron, or the beadle of his hat and lace; what are they? Men. Mere men. Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.

 

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