His oddness of speech, his gaucheries
, his ignorances and nervousness had all been so lightly treated that they had been brushed away almost insensibly.
Why they WERE different, Robert exclaimed to her himself in the course of a quarter of an hour's conversation; for, talking of his brother, and lamenting the extreme GAUCHERIE
which he really believed kept him from mixing in proper society, he candidly and generously attributed it much less to any natural deficiency, than to the misfortune of a private education; while he himself, though probably without any particular, any material superiority by nature, merely from the advantage of a public school, was as well fitted to mix in the world as any other man.
He was carefully and correctly dressed in clothes borrowed from his new tailor, and he showed not the slightest signs of strangeness or gaucherie
amongst his unfamiliar surroundings.
Some intelligent viewers may admit to watching them only for a lark, to superciliously laugh at their gaucheries
and unintended humor-but, the key point is, they watch.
They found my gaucheries
not appalling but forgivable.
Another time, let's hope leaders emerge serving the people's cause, not self-centred pompous gaucheries
Then there is the powerfully poetic moment when Oliver experiences an epiphany and the reader, too, looks beneath gaucheries
and even uncouthness to the yearning heart beneath.
However, he does rather touchingly suggest that Catherine is the one member of the family who achieves a sympathetic connection with Andersen whose gaucheries
, including mistaking one of the Dickens sons for a servant, led to her less patient relatives dubbing him a "social blockhead".
Late in the novel, he ponders an affair with the matronly medieval pornographer, Lana Lee; and, realizing his own inexperience, he fantasizes that "[w]ith her background and Boethian worldview, she would take a very stoic and fatalistic view of whatever sexual gaucheries
and blunders" he might commit (251).
Even during the mid-1820s, 'the subjects of permissible laughter were being limited'; by the 1830s, cartoons were commonly being directed at safer targets--'at the amusing quiddities of children or servants, at the gaucheries
of the nouveaux riches, the charming innocence of nice young women'.
C'est un objet terrible, mais non pas hideux seulement: quand ils font des figures de diables ou d'anges, l'imagination y voit ce qu'ils ont voulu faire, a travers les gaucheries
et l'ignorance des proportions.
Though this can be attributed partly to self-selection by the clientele, one must not forget the salutary role of the dutiful tailor, who politely but firmly steers customers away from any gaucheries