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  • Do you allow her to condemn the only instances of wit that remain to this generation; that dear polite double entendre, which keeps alive the attention, and quickens the apprehension, of the best companies in the world, and is the salt, the sauce, which gives a poignancy to all our genteeler entertainments!

    Pamela

  • But, in truth, I had small inducements to remain in it after having tasted of the genteeler and more complete pleasures of

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • We would devote a chapter to describe the emotions of Mrs. Firkin, did not the passions of her mistresses occupy our genteeler muse.

    Vanity Fair

  • And though you should be told that you are genteel, still aim at being genteeler.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • John of Archangel will be heard upon this occasion, unless prevented by a quieting draught of hemlock or nightshade; for I suppose they are not arrived to the politer and genteeler poisons of Acqua Tufana, [Acqua Tufana, a Neapolitan slow poison, resembling clear water, and invented by a woman at Naples, of the name of Tufana.] sugar-plums, etc.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • I cannot conclude this letter without returning again to the showish, the ornamental, the shining parts of your character; which, if you neglect, upon my word you will render the solid ones absolutely useless; nay, such is the present turn of the world, that some valuable qualities are even ridiculous, if not accompanied by the genteeler accomplishments.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • (And indeed he had served three years as clerk to an attorney in the north of Ireland, when, chusing a genteeler walk in life, he quitted his master, came over to England, and set up that business which requires no apprenticeship, namely, that of a gentleman, in which he had succeeded, as hath been already partly mentioned.)

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • The forepart of the vessel is crowded to the full as much as the genteeler quarter.

    Little Travels and Roadside Sketches

  • In this were divers shops of the genteeler sort, and some large cafes, standing full of men of leisure, who crowded to their doors and windows, with their hats on and their hands in their pockets, as at a club, and let no fact of the passing world escape their hungry eyes.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • For, however aristocratic this country of ours may be, and however especially aristocratic be the genteeler classes in provincial towns and coteries -- there is nothing which English folks, from the highest to the lowest, in their hearts so respect as a man who has risen from nothing, and owns it frankly!

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

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