His whole head was wrapped in rags and one cheek was swollen to the size of a baby's head.
While in prison writing materials were denied him, but he managed to write on rags with a tooth-pick and candle smoke, and thus composed the novel Margherita Pusterla (Milan, 1838).
When the soldier is hit by a cannonball, rags are as becoming as purple.
It was the kind of finery she should be wearing, instead of being trapped in rags at the edge of the city.
Pietro Della Vigna, accused of treasonable designs, was disgraced; and the once all-powerful favourite and minister, blinded now and in rags, was dragged in the emperor's train, as a warning to traitors, till in despair he dashed out his brains.