Category: gentlemen

A Gentleman’s Instruction Manual From the 1880s Explains How to Have Manners, ‘General Rules of Conduct’

IN society, everybody should receive equal attention, the young as well as the old. A high authority says, “If we wish our young people to grow up self-possessed and at ease, we must early train them in those graces by giving them the same attention and consideration we do those of maturer years. If we snub…


Does the Word ‘Gentleman’ Still Mean Anything Today? Here’s Why It Should

I was speaking to the freshman class at Wabash College, a small all-male college in Crawfordsville, Indiana. “What does it mean to be a gentleman?” I asked. “Raise your hand if you’d like to share your definition of a gentleman.” One young man offered: “A gentleman is someone who goes to gentlemen’s clubs and watches girls…


A Class All Their Own: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Old School

Back in high school, I spent a summer working as an orderly in the recovery and operating rooms of Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On my first day on the job, I watched a certain Dr. Norfleet performing a nephrectomy on a patient. Later that evening, I told my father, a family physician,…