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April 21, 2002
Does a man have to be gentle to be a gentleman? You never hear much of gentlewomen although they are more prone to gentility. Of course, you have the gentleladies but ladies are female lads. Lads are more playful, rough and tumble, a sort of slap on the knee extrovert. In that exuberance, being gentle does not seem a trait but part of natural manners and instincts like others. A gentleman must be a man and we all have our definitions to that identification of being. You'll hear of ladies and gentlemen but never lads and gentlewomen. Ladies go first.