Tessa thought that he did have some class – he dressed well, carried himself well, had good manners, his gestures appeared to be genuine and noble (noble? More a word out of Jane Austen, but it had occurred to her after all).
So why the doubts?
There was also something else about him, something she called “sticky” to herself, without being able to quite describe the unease it caused her.
Was it because he took things too much in stride, without ever getting upset? Without ever getting impatient, no matter how long she made him wait?
– James Steerforth ( © 2008 )
Written around avoid, class and sticky from 3WW no. 96.