Posted by Neassa on January 09, 1998 at 02:29:01:
In response to Paris in 1804, written by Inko on January 08, 1998 at 11:43:39
Witness the tale of Duclos, swimming one day near the Pont-Neuf and retrieving the bonnet of an unknown lady, which a gust had blown into the water. Restoring it to her in naturalibus,, 'Excuse me, Madame,' he said, 'for having no gloves.'"
The apology does mark him as a gentleman, for who else but a gentleman would be wearing gloves? What a very simple, yet effect way to assure the lady that her rescuer is respectable, when his lack of clothing can provide her with no clues.
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