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people of good family and breeding and high social status

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The servants at Windygates, airing themselves in the grounds--in the absence of their mistress and her guests--were disturbed, for the moment, by the unexpected return of one of "the gentlefolks.
My next place was in Canada, with an officer's wife: gentlefolks who had emigrated.
To be sure, gentlefolks are but flesh and blood no more than us servants.
And so you see, sir," said I, "there is something to be said upon my side; and this gambling is a very poor employ for gentlefolks.
Still I must bear my hard lot as well as I can--at least, I shall be amongst GENTLEFOLKS, and not with vulgar city people": and she fell to thinking of her Russell Square friends with that very same philosophical bitterness with which, in a certain apologue, the fox is represented as speaking of the grapes.
Besides, you know, some of the Catholic gentlefolks have actually sent trinkets and suchlike down here for safety--at least, so the story goes.
Those gentlefolks and their children inside those fine houses, could they think, as they looked out at her, what it was to be really hungry, really cold?
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.
He isn't one o' them gentlefolks as go to cry at waterin'-places when their wives die; he's got summat else to do.
Some gentlefolks who are fond of ancient days, and what belongs to them,' he said, 'like to buy these keepsakes from our church and ruins.
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.
At the doors and windows some men and women lounged around, or prowled about and took little notice of us, except to laugh to one another, or to say something, as we passed, about gentlefolks minding their own business.