Particularly when he is single, a modern gentleman might have to attend social functions alone.
After many instances of waiting nervously outside ballrooms for glimpses of anyone inside with whom he is acquainted, a modern gentleman knows the most difficult part of such an undertaking is crossing the threshold.
Enter confidently, with purpose and vigor.
After that (wearing a rakish smile):
- Stop short and quickly scan the space;
- Head directly to the serving table or bar, while there:
- order a drink and/or pick up a dessert (a modern gentleman does not eat meals that are catered and needs to keep his hands and mouth free for introductions and his plate light in case a speedy exit becomes necessary) and
- zero in on a familiar face or unoccupied table;
- Walk briskly to the destination to either engage in polite chitchat or sit, with chair away from the table and back toward a wall with an open posture that invites others to join this mysterious and intriguing attendee.
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‘A Gentleman Afield’
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- First Lesson
- Second Lesson
- The Young Man and the Stream
- The Fly Fisherman Who Always Was
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- Part III: Assorted Nightmares
- Part IV: On the Trail
- Sport Jackets: Styles
- The Measures of Success
- Jack Williams and Frances Clalin-Clayton
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- Modern Gentleman of the Road
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