The gentleman impostor
Over the past month, we have discussed extensively what makes a man a true gentleman. It should be clear that a gentleman is not made from one or two traits or habits on their own; it is the whole spectrum of gentlemanly demeanor, interests and tastes that make the gentlest of men.
So we turn our attention today to the faux gentleman. We have all seen them, prowling the streets with their loosened ties, un-tucked shirts, denim pants and general ungentlemanly demeanor. They make outwardly fill the loosest descriptions: a collared shirt and a taste for scotch, but they lack gentlemanly integrity and courtesy.
Luckily for us, there are give-away signs of a faux gentleman. I will list some of the ones that are easiest to spot so you can be on the lookout.
1. Choice of drink. We all know that scotch is the preferred drink of a gentleman. But be ware, a true gentleman doesn’t care for the taste of blended scotch or other whiskeys when single malt is available.
2. Accessories. There is no finer attire than a well tailored suit, but nothing looks worse than coupling a suit with trashy sunglasses (especially when worn atop the head) or snake-skin shoes.
3. Language. A faux gentleman may avoid the first, most obvious indicators that he does not have what it takes, but after a scotch or two, the true gentleman remains composed. The faux gentleman will invariably let some less than acceptable language escape and will probably start talking about football or a girl he “boned”. Very ungentlemanly indeed.
Of course there are many more telling signs of the faux gentleman. Keep your wits about you, and you will soon be able to distinguish a true gentleman from these impostors.
May the finest Cuban cigars and Scottish scotch be reserved for you, the true gentleman.