Every time I passed in front of a tailor's, I wanted to enter and buy some
new clothes. But, I had no money to pay for them. The ￡1,000,000
banknote in my pocket was useless!
I passed in front of the same tailor's six times. At last I entered. I quietly
asked if they had an old, unattractive suit that no one wanted to buy. The
man I spoke to nodded his head, but he didn't speak. Then another man
looked at me and nodded his head.
I went to him and he said, "One moment, please."
After some time, he took me to a back room. He looked at several ugly
suits that no one wanted. He chose the worst for me. I really wanted a suit,
so I said nothing.
It was time to pay. "Can you wait a few days for the money? I haven't got
any small change with me."
The man said, "Oh, you haven't? Well, I thought gentlemen like you
carried large change."
"My friend," I replied, "you can't judge a stranger by the clothes he wears.
I can pay for this suit. But, can you change a large banknote?"
"Oh, of course we can change a large banknote," he said coldly.
I gave him the banknote. He received it with a smile, a big smile that
covered his face. When he read the banknote, his smile disappeared. The owner of the shop came over and asked me, "What's the trouble?"
"There isn't any trouble. I'm waiting for my change."
"Come, come. Give him his change, Tod. Quickly! "
Tod answered, "It's easy to say, but look at the banknote."
The owner looked at the banknote. Then he looked at my package with
the ugly suit.
"Tod," he shouted, "you are stupid! How can you sell this unattractive suit
to a millionaire! Tod, you can't see the difference between a millionaire
and a poor man."
"I apologise, sir," the owner continued. "Please take off those things you
are wearing and throw them in the fire. Put on this fine shirt and this
handsome suit. It's perfect for you— simple but elegant."
I told him I was very happy with the new suit.
"Oh, wait until you see what we can make for you in your size!
Tod, bring a pen and a book. Let me measure your leg, your arm ..."
I didn't have a moment to speak.
The owner measured me. Then he ordered his tailors to make me morning
suits, evening suits, shirts, coats and other things.
"But, my dear sir," I said, "I can order all these things only if you change
my banknote. Or, if you can wait a while before I pay you."
"Wait a while! I'll wait forever, that's the word. Tod, send these things to
the gentleman's address. Let the less important customers wait! What's
your address, sir?"
''I'm changing my home. I'll come back and give you my new address," I
"Quite right, sir, quite right. Let me show you to the door, sir. Good day,
sir, good day."