As we know, our site name is ironic- gentlemen are anything but ordinary now. Here Andrew Gimson mourns the death of the English gentleman and its concomitant ideal of good, selfless conduct. George Bernard Shaw called a gentleman one who puts more into the world than he takes out. Gimson makes a helpful distinction between the social and moral ideals of gentlemen. One suspects that young women who wish they “met more gentlemen” haven’t wealth or family standing at all in mind.