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  • n  elegance suggestive of a royal court

  • Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley) was a mere 17 years old when the Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes) began courting her not that the ways of courtliness were among His Grace .
  • Uncombed hair and flannel shirts cried out for a counterattack of sharp dressing and flip courtliness with women.
  • Kind words and an old-fashioned European courtliness are both part of the Begin style.

  • Harry Shearer in San Francisco Chronicle
    The phrase carries a "weird touch of courtliness in a savage business. `Would you be so kind just to perhaps merely consider our humble work as worthy of your attention,'" said Shearer, slipping into a haughty British accent. "And what they...
  • Graydon Carter in New York Daily News
    Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who coproduced the movie, agreed: "Underneath his craziness, he was a Southern gentleman. He had a courtliness that I totally fell for."

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