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people of good family and breeding and high social status

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The chief Indian, who acted as interpreter, thereupon wheeled about again towards the gentlefolks.
Gaining her end, the letter would be found in her breast, along with the money, and the gentlefolks would say when it was given back to them, 'She prized it, did old Betty Higden; she was true to it; and while she lived, she would never let it be disgraced by falling into the hands of those that she held in horror.
As to character, them gentlefolks will search and search, and pry and pry, and have it as free from spot or speck in us, afore they'll help us to a dry good word
The gentlefolks thereabouts were mostly kind to them (the men said), but none like him.
Then I told how that I was on my way to seek my niece, and they told me what manner of gentlefolks was in the house, and I waited to see any as seemed like her, going in or out.
Dangers arise, however, when debate uses children for other ends--to meet the personal needs of 'do gooders', justify an unproven stance or maintain an organisation--as it then becomes self-defeating, although in my dotage I gain comfort from the continuation of the Distressed Gentlefolks Aid Society, albeit in its modern form.
13) Such inclination, however, often found constraint in contemporary society since it was deemed inappropriate for aristocrats or gentlefolks to either sing or play musical instruments in public, as is made clear by Henry Peacham: 'I desire no more in you than to sing your part sure, and at the first sight, withall, to play the same upon your Violl, or the exercise of the Lute, privately to your selfe' (my emphasis).
Out- and-out beggars get taken care of, but poor gentlefolks fare badly, because they won't ask, and people don't dare to offer charity; yet there are a thousand ways of helping them, if one only knows how to do it so delicately that it does not offend.
His father is millionaire Guy Pierre D'Adzac Waud who helps run the Distressed Gentlefolks Association.
Some had dim memories of clerical warnings about unworthy receiving, saying `that the sacrament did nothing but damn People; that it was impossible to receive it worthily and those that received it otherwise did damn themselves', while others regarded the sacrament as socially exclusive, saying `that it was fit only for Gentlefolks and Schollards not for Poor folks to take it'.
Richard: We say that Shore's wife hath a pretty foot, A cherry lip, a bonny eye, a passing pleasing tongue; And that the queen's kindred are made gentlefolks.