Originally posted by schiffer at 2008-1-12 20:36
This is exactly correct! Dickens applied this phrase in his novel- Great Expectations
Mr Trabb then bent over number four, and in a sort of deferential confidence recommended it to me as a light article for summer wear, an article much in vogue among the nobility and gentry, an article that it would ever be an honour to him to reflect upon a dis- tinguished fellow-townsman's (if he might claim me for a fellow- townsman) having worn. `Are you bringing numbers five and eight, you vagabond,' said Mr Trabb to the boy after that, `or shall I kick you out of the shop and bring them myself?'