THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER Author:BEATRIX POTTER "In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets - when gentlemen wore ruffles and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta - there lived a tailor in Gloucester." He is hired to make a coat for the mayor of Gloucester's wedding. It is to be cherry- colored and embroidered all over with pansies and roses. H... more »e is very poor, but this will change when people see his wonderful work. He has cut out all the pieces. He realizes he will need more cherry colored silk. He send his cat to buy the thread. Then, exhausted, he falls asleep. The next day, he is sick, with a high fever. And as he tosses and turns, in his delirium, he repeats, over and over, what he needs to do. He is ill for 3 days and nights. When the tailor awoke it was the very day that the coat will be picked up. There is no time to make it. But when he looks at the coat, it is finished, except for one cherry-colored button hole. It is a master piece, perhaps a little finer that he could have sewn. He finishes the button hole. And, indeed, he becomes one of the major tailors of the town. But who sewed the coat?