I take it that "gentleman" is a term that only describes a person in his relation to others, but when we speak of him as 'a man', we consider him not merely in regard to his fellow men, but in relation to himself - to life - to time - to eternity. A castaway, lonly as Robinson Crusoe - a prisoner immured in a dungeon for life - nay, even a saint in Patmos, has his endurance, his stregnth, his faith, best described as being spoken of as 'a man."

— Gaskell’s Mr. Thornton, the mill owner, describing difference between a man and a gentleman  

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