e criticisms, still remembered in Cambridge, which were made upon Mr. Longfellow's youthful taste for becoming costume.
He was undoubtedly thinking of himself when in Hyperion he made the Baron say to Paul Fleming, The ladies already begin to call you Wilhelm Meister, and they say that your gloves are a shade too light for a strictly virtuous man.
He perhaps also thought of it when he wrote to Sumner, then in Europe, If you have any tendency to curl your hair and wear gloves, like Edgar in Lear, do it before your return.
Even Mrs. Craigie, it is said, thought that he had somewhat too gay a look.
Life of Longfellow by his brother, I. p. 246. 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 pec