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Reynolds shows Banks uncorrupted by his exotic experiences, not gesticulating like a foreigner -- a practice regarded with contempt -- but obeying Adam Smith's injunction that `The behaviour which is reckoned polite in England is a calm, composed, unpassionate serenity noways ruffled by passion'.
Then he adds, "I was once nicknamed the Unpassionate Man by an old coach because I do not get worked up about things.
Those who thought Brits unpassionate should note that nearly a quarter of women cheated on their husbands to get revenge - an impulse felt by only 4 per cent of men.