It certainly looks like a scarf at his neck, knotted to the side with at least one of the ends freely out. Can a man get away with this without being regarded (i.e., ridiculed) as “femme” by the masses? Does it matter?
Hi John, To answer your questions: 1. Yes, and 2. “Say they?”/ “What say they?”/Let them say” You are correct. It does not matter.
PS: I found the quote in a story by one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, WS Maugham. Alas, it did not have an attribution. I read it many years ago, and I have found it to be good advice, even though it might guarantee isolation from the “popular” culture at times. But “they” don’t pay your rent, lol, you owe “them” nothing, and you will at least die with your integrity intact. Cheers!