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Even more outrageously for Victorian times, One Fault questions the virtue of female submissiveness: "Had Isabella been what is called a high-spirited violent woman, it is probable that her liberal, gentlemanlike, and honourable husband might have been cured, after a few years struggling, of those pampered vices of temper.
Mr Scott, a very mild Gentlemanlike man--but not much acquainted with Madeira--where he only went to my house in 1806.
Still he is very cheerful and gentlemanlike, and the handsomest man, I think, I ever saw.
According to Sir William Jardine of Jardine Matheson, the opium trade was "the safest and most gentlemanlike speculation I am aware of.
Our first glimpse of Lord Colambre comes through the eyes of some Englishwomen evaluating him as a marriage prospect: one describes him as "'a very gentlemanlike looking young man,'" while the other remarks that he is "'Not an Irishman, I am sure, by his manner'" (A, 3), thus introducing the idea that Irishness and (English) gentility are incompatible elements.
Mary O'Connell has shown how Charles Lamb, for example, characterized them as a "rapacious, dishonest set" who despised authors, and how Maria Edgeworth, in her eulogy for the radical publisher Joseph Johnson, described (other) publishers in general as "vulgar souls [in] vulgar Trade," while the poet Thomas Campbell damned Murray with faint praise in a letter to Walter Scott as "a very excellent and gentlemanlike man--albeit a bookseller" (O'Connell 160-61).
Her ,had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner (182) cuts deep into Darcy and he goes so far in his explanation as to reveal a family secret.
Perry's frequent stops at Hartfield evince his gentlemanlike personality, Frank Churchill's prolonged absence from Randalls calls his character into question.
why that's--but no;--a very tidy, and, I may say, an extremely gentlemanlike sort of business thou art in here, carpenter;--or would'st thou rather work in clay?
That the heroines and heroes of these novels are nearly always very well born affirms too the desirability not only of the behaviors and values traditionally at least theoretically associated with high birth--ladylike or gentlemanlike behavior and charitability, for instance--but actual high birth as well.
This does not suit the 'Bells'; they have their own rude north-country ideas of what is delicate, honourable, and gentlemanlike.
The word signifies a standard of behavior, the importance of which is shown most clearly by Darcy's reaction to Elizabeth's response to his first proposal: '"Your reproof, so well applied, I shall never forget: 'had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.