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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: In my skin
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Default Your idea of the perfect "English Gentleman"

I was at a Memorial Day gathering yesterday and met a very interesting man. He was very intelligent, seasoned, well spoken, well dressed and groomed. However, he seemed a little showy when trying to engage people in conversation. He asked me a few questions that, I thought, were a bit over the top.

One was whether or not I could speak, read or write French, Dutch or German. I can understand some French, the others, no. I mentioned that I can understand Portuguese and Italian far better, but he wasn't impressed....lol.

He asked who my favorite clothing designers are. I told him I have a few I gravitate toward, but I'm not a big shopper so I don't have any major allegiences. He nodded with a "hmmmm".

Finally, he wanted to know who was my idea of the perfect English gentleman. I told him I don't follow the English to be able to know the distinction between that and a gentleman in general. He said there was a huge difference, with a look of "how could you NOT know?". I told him that I would be sure to Wiki it.

Anyone know the answer? LOL.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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I know what a gentleman is, of course, but not if there's something distinct about an English gentleman. Well, there is a saying that an Englishman always carries an umbrella but never uses it. Does that help? Probably not.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:37 AM
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I was at a Memorial Day gathering yesterday and met a very interesting man. He was very intelligent, seasoned, well spoken, well dressed and groomed. However, he seemed a little showy when trying to engage people in conversation. He asked me a few questions that, I thought, were a bit over the top.

One was whether or not I could speak, read or write French, Dutch or German. I can understand some French, the others, no. I mentioned that I can understand Portuguese and Italian far better, but he wasn't impressed....lol.

He asked who my favorite clothing designers are. I told him I have a few I gravitate toward, but I'm not a big shopper so I don't have any major allegiences. He nodded with a "hmmmm".

Finally, he wanted to know who was my idea of the perfect English gentleman. I told him I don't follow the English to be able to know the distinction between that and a gentleman in general. He said there was a huge difference, with a look of "how could you NOT know?". I told him that I would be sure to Wiki it.

Anyone know the answer? LOL.
Sounds like the ultimate 'snob' to me.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Well-mannered, reserved, speaks little but to the point, doesn't really make chit-chat. Possibly wears a bowler hat and carries a cane.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Tri-State Area
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Well-mannered, reserved, speaks little but to the point, doesn't really make chit-chat. Possibly wears a bowler hat and carries a cane.
Does such a person exist today?
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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I haven't seen a man with a bowler hat and cane since I saw A Clockwork Orange.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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Well-mannered, reserved, speaks little but to the point, doesn't really make chit-chat. Possibly wears a bowler hat and carries a cane.
Ah, very well. This was his response, as best as I can recall it......

I favor Sir Basil Rathbone, especially his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles. He was a stickler for period-correct clothing and vocalizations as to remain as true to the character and environment as could be maintained.

Or sumthin like that.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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i picture The Son of Man by Magritte.


or, the guy being interviewed in "Rutland Weekend Television."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU0QZQRTNr0
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Unread 06-01-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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I know what a gentleman is, of course, but not if there's something distinct about an English gentleman. Well, there is a saying that an Englishman always carries an umbrella but never uses it. Does that help? Probably not.
Haha!!!

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Well-mannered, reserved, speaks little but to the point, doesn't really make chit-chat. Possibly wears a bowler hat and carries a cane.
Agreed with the first half. The bowler hat and cane carrying man, I'm sorry to tell you, doesn't exist in England as much as people tend to think.

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i picture The Son of Man by Magritte.


or, the guy being interviewed in "Rutland Weekend Television."

YouTube - Rutland Weekend Television - Gibberish
He sounds like a blast... I'd be SO jealous of the lucky woman who hooks up with him!!!
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Unread 06-01-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Tri-State Area
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Ah, very well. This was his response, as best as I can recall it......

I favor Sir Basil Rathbone, especially his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles. He was a stickler for period-correct clothing and vocalizations as to remain as true to the character and environment as could be maintained.

Or sumthin like that.
I thought he was better in Robin Hood, catching his fancy with the Lady Marian.
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