Arthur Huntingdon's alcoholism in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall becomes a desperate form of resistance to "the alimentary ideologies of the middle class" represented by antidrinking movements, a resistance in which "the upper-class gentleman of leisure
finds himself continually compelled to write and rewrite his class difference on his body through alimentary excess" (14).
A true gentleman of leisure
for sure--painting and writing for its own sake.
As a homeless wayfarer whose peculiar perspective on reality makes him unusually receptive to both people and things, Will Barrett echoes Pieper's picture of the gentleman of leisure
with startling accuracy.
But he says he won't be a gentleman of leisure
Mandarin, in his dotage, was rewarded with a 'black annuity' of stout, which is arguably fine for a gentleman of leisure
, but after a couple of bottles he was prone to holding forth to the foals and yearlings about how it was he and not Fred Winter who really did all the hard work in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.