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    A Gentleman by John Henry Newman

    What do the words underlined mean?
    "The true gentleman in like manner carefully avoids whatever may cause a jar or a jolt in the minds of those with whom he is cast;- all clashing of opinion, or collision of feeling, all restraint, or suspicion, or gloom, or resentment; his great concern being to make every one at their ease and at home. He has his eyes on all his company: he is tender towards the bashful, gentle towards the distant, and merciful towards the absurd..."
    Thanks a million.


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    Re: A Gentleman by John Henry Newman

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    What do the words underlined mean?
    "The true gentleman in like manner carefully avoids whatever may cause a jar or a jolt in the minds of those with whom he is cast;- all clashing of opinion, or collision of feeling, all restraint, or suspicion, or gloom, or resentment; his great concern being to make every one at their ease and at home. He has his eyes on all his company: he is tender towards the bashful, gentle towards the distant, and merciful towards the absurd..."
    Thanks a million.
    A wonderful and pertinent quote.

    "cause a jar or a jolt" = avoid shocking or startling those he is dealing with.

    "with whom he is cast" = here "cast" means "finds himself connected with".

    "gentle towards the distant" = he is not aggressive with those whose manner is reserved and restrained.

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