Constantia and Josephine debate gifting their father’s “top-hat” to the porter, a servant in their apartment, but ultimately decide not to, ostensibly because the image of a servant in a luxurious hat seems ridiculous to them (Josephine “nearly” giggles to think of her father’s hat on the porter’s head). The sisters note that the porter was kind to the colonel, but this does not seem to justify the gift.
The Porter Character Timeline in The Daughters of the Late Colonel
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The Daughters of the Late Colonel
...statue and looking at the ceiling, wonders if they should give their father’s top-hat to the porter . Josephine sharply disagrees and asks why Constantia thinks this would be a good idea.... (full context)