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  • Following in line, dance schools during the Revolution began to advertise themselves as teaching “only the genteelest dances.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The last house in Bleeding Heart Yard which she had described as his place of habitation, was a large house, let off to various tenants; but Plornish ingeniously hinted that he lived in the parlour, by means of a painted hand under his name, the forefinger of which hand (on which the artist had depicted a ring and a most elaborate nail of the genteelest form) referred all inquirers to that apartment.

    Little Dorrit

  • He said it was the genteelest profession in the world, and must on no account be confounded with the profession of a solicitor: being quite another sort of thing, infinitely more exclusive, less mechanical, and more profitable.

    David Copperfield

  • She is discussed by her dear friends with all the genteelest slang in vogue, with the last new word, the last new manner, the last new drawl, and the perfection of polite indifference.

    Bleak House

  • The inner-house is the genteelest, and very elegantly furnished; but you may have the use of a very handsome parlour in the outer-house, if you choose to look into the street.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Your table-talk is such as persons of the strictest principles may hear, and join in: your guests, and your friends are, generally speaking, persons of the genteelest life, and of the best manners.


  • Goodwin has a fine black eye, and is, besides, I think, the genteelest shaped child; but they are all pretty.


  • Bob Irons, who travels in linen on our circuit, told me that he had made some slap-up acquaintances among the genteelest people at Paris, nothing but by offering them

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • Emily Lester, sitting in her large drawing-room over the way, could witness her own dancings up and down behind the counter at the beck and call of wretched twopenny customers, whose patronage she was driven to welcome gladly: persons to whom she was compelled to be civil in the street, while Emily was bounding along with her children and her governess, and conversing with the genteelest people of the town and neighbourhood.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • Her father, however, according to the genteelest and most laudable mo-dern education for women, had given her a master, who taught her history and geography; in both A a 2 which she acknowledges she made some progress.

    Sir Charles Grandison


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