I walk around town these days and see many men slouching, dragging their feet or generally holding themselves in an uncouth stupor. This must be corrected.
A gentleman always holds himself as if the Queen was pinching his hindquarters; straight back and shoulders with a clenched buttocks. The hunchback of Notre Dame wasn’t going around being a gentleman in his state, and not because he was a hunchback but because he was a Frenchman.
A gentleman doesn’t lean against a wall as if he is selling crack, he stands up straight as if he’s selling manners by the ounce (NB: manners aren’t a tangible good).
How one holds oneself reflects greatly on the sort of person they are. Even though one may be dressed to the nines like a gentleman, if they drag their feet along the ground they should be sterilised for the good of gentleman-kind.
In the book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the evil Mr. Hyde would shrink and slink around like a demon of the night (contrary to popular depictions Mr. Hyde wasn’t a large monster; that was the Incredible Hulk), and don’t think for a moment that Robert Louis Stevenson wasn’t a complete gentleman at all time. I said don’t.
Whether it be free standing, against a fireplace, against a wall, with your coat over your shoulder or leaning against your fine automobile, a gentleman must always hold himself in a way that befits his gentlemanly manners and fine clothes.
And if you’re like Sean Connery, you must master the automobile lean.
So there you have it,