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Written by Line
(5/27/2007 2:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but, penned by Cathy Allen
a) a man who belonged to a certain social and financial class
b) a kind man with *excellent* manners
When Elizabeth tells Darcy that she might have felt sorrier for turning him down, if he had behaved in a more *gentlemanlike* manner, she is definitely using definition B, and this is very clear to Darcy!
Of course, the hope was that a gentleman of the first type would automatically behave like a gentleman of the second type ;-), but in real life that was too often not the case, so the word split into two different meanings!
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