Thursday, 10 December 2009

Gentlemanly and ladylike behaviour

Being a gentleman or a lady are but ideals, from which we all lapse from time to time. The quality of a person's character therefore depends on whether one knows:

(1) what constitutes gentlemanly or ladylike behaviour;

and

(2) when one has fallen short.

1 comment:

David Rosser-Owen said...

I like that. It is a good statement of the situation. Unfortunately far too many people don't know either point. It reminds me of the statement by Fowler in his The King's English where, defining "Esquire", he said "nowadays many people are esquires, but no one is a gentleman".