Q: 1 Bring Out The Element Of Humor In Leacock’s Essay “My Tailor”
It is true that “My Tailor” is a humorous essay. Stephen Leacock is a great comic writer. He has written many humorous essays and stories. His humor is light, harmless, and free from bitterness. In this essay, his humor is based on characterization. He describes the behavior of his tailor in an amusing way. He mixes humor in the professional manners of his tailor and makes the essay very delightful.
First, we see that the tailor shows the suit material to his customer on his bended knee with one leg in the air. He thinks that when he is in this condition; it is difficult for a customer to resist him. The writer is fully aware that he is doing it only to flatter him. The writer also tells us that his tailor always talks about the weather while his tailor ends with it. Further, the writer always found his tailor standing in the back part of his shop with his tape around his neck. Here, the joy of humor is mixed with pain and pathos.
Q: 2 What is the moral of the essay?
There is I am certain, a deep moral in this. But I will not try to draw it.
The essay “My Tailor” has a deep moral for the readers. In the last lines of the essay, the writer says, “There is I am certain, a deep moral in this. But I will not try to draw it. It might appear too obvious.” Through this essay, we come to know that all the glittering things may not bound to be glittering.
During the long association of thirty years with the tailor, the writer always found him calm, composed, and happy. He never looked worried or disturbed. He seemed as if he had no passions, no attachments, no worries, and no problems in life. To the writer, he seemed to be an immortal and he would stay there forever dealing with his customers in the same delightful manner.
But the writer was shocked at his tailor’s sudden death. Then he knew all that he did not know about his tailor. His business was not going well and his health was also failing. He further discovered that he had an ailing wife and a daughter who was left in a bad situation. He was fond of music. He was a sideman of the church. He was a staunch Christian. He felt sorry for the poor tailor. He had never suspected him of being worried or under financial pressure.
The writer felt sorry and for being ignorant of his domestic liabilities and his personal interests in religion and music. In a way, he considered himself partly responsible for his untimely death. Hence all the glittering things are not bound to be glittering.
Q: 3 What has the tailor in “My tailor to hide?
The writer had been dealing with his tailor for thirty long years. He always found him a very happy, calm, and satisfied man. He always welcomed the writer with a smiling face. He never looked worried or disturbed. He seemed as if he had no passions, no attachments, no worries, and no problems in life. The writer knew him as a tailor, not as a man. He had never tried to know his personal life. He did not even know his name. The tailor seemed to be a statue, not a man. His inner life remained hidden from him.
But the writer was shocked at his tailor’s sudden death. Then he knew that his business was not going well and his health was also failing. He further discovered that he had an ailing wife and a daughter who was left in a bad situation. He was fond of music. He was a sideman of the church. He was a staunch Christian.
But in spite of the thirty-year association, the writer remained unaware of these facts. Their conversation was confined only to business matters. The writer remained ignorant of his domestic liabilities and his personal interests in religion and music.
These things were hidden from the writer.
He felt sorry that he had never bought anything other than suits from him. He felt sorry for the poor tailor. He had never suspected him of being worried or under financial pressure. His inner life remained hidden from the writer.
Q: 4 Why Does Leacock Regard The Tailor As “Immortal”?
When the writer came to know of his tailor’s sudden death he was shocked. He thought that he should have lived forever. He was like something fixed and permanent in the tailoring shop. The writer believed that he was an immortal figure. His belief was based on his past experience. He had been dealing with him for the last thirty years. He had always found him at the same place and in the same posture. He always stood in the back part of his shop with a measuring tape around his neck.
He always welcomed the writer with a smiling face. He spread the suit material on his lifted knee to show it to the writer. He measured only his chest and flattered him saying that it was a little fuller than before. Then he would ask the writer if he needed anything in shirtings and hosiery. In the end, he talked about the weather. The date of delivery was always weak from Tuesday. The billing and the payment were always done by correspondence.
The writer had never seen any change in the behavior of his tailor. His posture, his speech, and his movements remained unchanged for such a long time. So, the writer expected that his tailor would always be there standing and greeting his customers. In fact, the writer saw only the business side of his personality. His inner life remained hidden from him