He pulled his trousers up to his knees, showing a pair of pale-blue drawers.
"The suspenders--they are new, Signore!" He drew attention to the scarlet elastics that kept the orange-and-black socks in place. "My boots!" He put his feet up on the box that Artois might see his lemon- colored boots, then unbuttoned and threw open his waistcoat. "My shirt is new! My cravat is new! Look at the pin!" He flourished his plump, brown, and carefully washed hands. "I have a new ring." He bent his head. "My hat is new."
Artois broke into a roar of laughter that seemed to do him good after his days of work.
"You young dandy! And where do you get the money?"
Pasqualino looked doleful and hung his head.
"Signore, I am in debt. But I say to myself, 'Thank the Madonna, I have a rich and generous Padrone who wishes his coachman to be chic. When he sees my clothes he will be contented, and who knows what he will do?' "
"Per Bacco! And who is this rich and generous Signore?"
"Ma!" Pasqualino passionately flung out the ringed hand that was not holding the reins--"Ma!--you, Signore."