, it is said, thought that he had “somewhat too gay a look.”
He was viewed, it must be remembered, against a background of Harvard
professors, whose costume did not in those days — if even now it does — savor of splendor.
It was also a period of much gayer waistcoats than now and of great amplitude of cravats.
The criticism of Longfellow
's own toilet had an especial biographical interest in the peculiar wrath inspired among his friends by Margaret Fuller
's phrase “a dandy Pindar
” as applied to his picture in the first illustrated edition of his works; for although the phrase was perfectly applicable to the engraving, it was generally regarded, and possibly with some shade of justice, as being a personal hit at the poet himself.
It is one inconvenience of great amiability and moderation of character, that a man of this type usually has friends more combative, who wish to fight his battles for him. Lowell
in particular was quite ready to take up the cause of his calmer friend, and thus perpetuate some antagonisms which would have fallen harmlessly aside from the