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  • n  people of good family and breeding and high social status

  • Lady Frances Wentworth revealed the calm realism of John Singleton Copley (1737-1815), an apt painter of the gentlefolk whose silks and satins rustled primly through the streets .
  • Diffident hotel gentlefolk blushed as Herr Stresemann cried: "You are the world's leaders in your line of business, and, indeed, one may ask wherein Americans are not leaders.
  • Both seats are Tory strongholds: the Arundel Shoreham district of West Sussex is a rich man's garden, and Harrogate is a Yorkshire spa packed with retired gentlefolk.

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