There's an aura of only very slightly faded gentility about the place that I rather liked.
For three centuries French remained the court speech, and the mark of civilization and gentility.
Oliver, raised in the Midlands, has a slight Birmingham accent, tho his natural gentility is indicated by his manners.
America's Philo Vance had the strange gentility of Wimsey while Nero Wolf sounded more predatory.
In the parlor the table is set for afternoon tea and there is a rosewood piano a sure sign of Victorian gentility!
He traveled from the Victorian suburban gentility of Kingston-upon-Thames to the wild California of the 1870s.
Bishop Heber described them as follows: - "The country is burdened with a crowd of lazy, profligate, self-called sawars (cavaliers), who, though many of them are not worth a rupee, conceive it derogatory to their gentility and Pathan blood to apply themselves to any honest industry, and obtain for the most part a precarious livelihood by sponging on the industrious tradesmen and farmers, on whom they levy a sort of blackmail, or as hangers-on to the wealthy and noble families yet remaining in the province.
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