Gentlewoman

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GENTLEWOMAN. This word is unknown to the law in the United States, and is but little used. In England. it was, formerly, a good addition of the state or degree of a woman. 2 Inst. 667.

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Grandma Shaw disregards Polly's lack of fashionable clothes, and recognizes her as a true gentlewomanly type, telling her: "you have lived in the country, and haven't learned that modesty has gone out of fashion" (16).
Here we meet Mary Traverse, a young upper-class woman who is in the midst of practicing her gentlewomanly skills.