Great Expectations

“…no man was not a true gentleman at heart, ever was, since the world began, a true gentleman in manner…no varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.”

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Herbert Pocket wisely notes that being a gentleman comes within rather than money or station in life. He says, like wood in varnish, a man's inner personality always reveals itself.