Be A Gentle(wo)man

 

Thoughts from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee (as adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham):  

What does it mean to be ladylike? Simply by being in a dress? How about being gentle(womanly) in thought, word and deed, unlike the old lady skewed in her perception, and harsh in her speech as action, who is no gentle(woman) at all? If one is a gentle(woman), yet not in a dress, does it make one less of a gentle(woman)? Is the true gentle(woman) not one who remains so despite not being in a dress? The true gentle(woman) remains stoically noble despite encounters with the ungentle(womanly), just as a true gentleman does.