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I’ve been noticing a trend in my (male) favorite characters from fiction.

Jack Frost is a bit of a rascal, but he has a good heart.

Sir Percy Blakeney pretends to be an idiot, but he’s devoted to his wife.

Obi-Wan Kenobi gets misunderstood–a lot–and complained about by Anakin, and can be cold and distant at times, but he’s kindly.

Doctor John Watson is a soldier, a bit hard-core and rough around the edges, but he’s a true friend.

Edward Ferrars can be a bit naive, but he keeps his promises.

Martin the Warrior can be rash and reckless, but he is also determined and protective of his friends.

Charles Wallace Murry can be a bit prideful, but he’s also very close to his sister.

What do all these characters have in common? They’re all flawed, but they have redeeming features too. They’re all good at heart.

They’re gentlemen.

Make your boys into gentlemen, fellow authors! All your readers will like them all the more as a result.