Fashion Statement ..... Chapter 6
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett.1886
For small boys, the period posed a problem of identity. By nature, the normal youngster saw himself as Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain had drawn his hero from memory. But the mothers of many small boys preferred to recast their offspring as Little Lord Fauntleroy, a fictional golden-curled child who called his mother, "Dearest", wore spotless velvet suits, and discussed world affairs with the corner grocer. As a result of the motherly fascination with the doll-like Fauntleroy, many unfortunate sons had to face the streets coifed and dressed as in the style above. Naturally there were hoots and sneers from youngsters who had escaped such maternal excesses. And just as naturally, there were some hard knuckled confrontations with those of the Tom Sawyer persuasion. Metaphorically speaking, hopefully.