What an excellent example of the power of dress young Oliver Twist was. Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed his only covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or a beggar;–it would have been hard for the haughtiest stranger to have fixed his station in society.
But now he was enveloped in the old calico robes, that had grown yellow in the same service; he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once–a parish child–the orphan of a workhouse–the humble, half-starved drudge–to be cuffed and buffeted through the world, despised by all, and pitied by none.
–Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Painting: William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 - 1905)