University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1890

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THfi iNDtiX 31 you. He discovers your best thoughts and gives to them beautiful ex- pression. He excites those emotions of your heart which please you, and then shares your enjoyment. And, if perchance, he strike a tender chord that reminds you of your grief, he heals the wound with his genuine sympathy. He strengthens your good resolutions with new motives that you had not discovered. Avoiding base ridicule and biting ssrcasm, he cheers you with his genial humor and banishes gloom with his sparkling wit. The Christian gentleman is welcome wherever he goes, for at the head of the table, or the center of the drawing-room, he is the life of the company, and the joy of the social circle. He is recognized and loved wherever seen. All men delight to honor him. If one, then, would make himself master of the art of pleasing, he should take the Christian gen- tleman for his ideal, and strive earnestly to attain to his perfect realiza- tion of the golden rule. c. s. w.

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SO THE INDEX. what he is. He knows that it is just as bad, if not worse, for one who is a real gentleman to disguise himself in the manners of a boor, as it is for the clown to assume the manners of a gentleman. So he makes it his study to give the best possible expression to what he is. The Christ- ian gentleman proclaims himself by the carriage of his body, by the glance of his eye, by the varied expression of the face, by the motion of his head, by the grasp of his hand, by his walk, by the intonation of his voice, and by a thousand other movements which defy analysis; his manners are themselves a song, a poem, eloquence. The Christian gentleman pays proper attention to dress; " the apparel oft proclaims the man. " You can tell a coxcomb as far as you can see him ; he is a man who has degraded God ' s image into an effigy on which to exhibit fine clothes. The Christian gentleman feels himself to be of more importance than his wardrobe. The dress is subordinated to the man and not the man to the garment. Neither warmth, nor comfort, nor convenience, nor beauty is sacrificed to fashion, or cost or vanity. His great aim is to so arrange his dress as to make himself and others forget it entirely. He does not dress extravagantly, for that would excite envy. He does not dress shabbily, for that would call forth pity. He avoids everything grotesque. He dresses with perfect taste. Above all things he avoids whatever is a sham. He wears no paste for diamonds. His dress is as simple, as honest, as beautiful as his manners and his character. The Christian gentleman is known by his conversation. He despises gossip and hates slander. His speech is pure ; he tells no story and ut- ters no word that he would blush to have understood by the most chaste. He deems it ungentlemanly, as well as wicked, to emphasize his talk with profane oaths. He respects the feelings of others too much to speak lightly of Jesus Christ, or God, whom the Christian loves better than the dearest friend or the nearest relative. He speaks his native lan- guage in its purity. He avoids slang ; for be knows that false syntax, mixed idioms, the prostitution of sublime words to mean uses and slang phrases, betray want of culture, and vulgarity in spite of all disguises ; that they frequently indicate a lack of moral character. The conversa- tion of the Christian gentleman is truthful. He never utters for any purpose a falsehood. He would not lie to escape any difficulty, or to se- cure any reward or emolument. He guards against exaggeration and careless errors. He speaks always with authority, for his declarations may always be relied upon. His conversation never degenerates into an- gry disputation. He is free also from that overbearing dogmatism which mars the character of so many men of real talent. At once instructive and entertaining, with no assumption of airs, he teaches you as though he taught you not. He interests himself in those things which interest



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