Ever sine the nineteenth century and long before that for all I know, there has been a regular stream of little books designed to help those who desire to he part of the upper classes. In the past these books have been written by men and women, largely for women, and concerned with such profundities as how to address a Duke or an Archbishop or what to do with your finger-bowl.
It has always been asumed that the most desirable position in the world is to be accepted as a lady or gentleman. It was assumed by many from Janes Austen to Daphne du Maurier that it is the surest way to happiness and possibly even to eternal salvation.
This book, I hope, is different in that it is the first one to be written by a man almost exclusively for men, It examines what makes of breaks the gentleman and leaves it to the reader to decide whether he wishes to be part of the upper classes or not. It is also hoped that this volume will be helpful to ladies who wish to be able to recognize the gentleman when they meet one, and to let them know what they are in for should they be reckless enough to marry one.