James March - Mannerisms & Phrases.
Being born in 1895 his use of language would be considered incredibly formal by today’s standards. But I think even at the time he would be considered to be quite formal due to his religious father and his time spent in church as a child.This would also influence the language he uses when discussing more visceral matters like death and suffering due to the graphic nature of some parts of the bible.
He’s very comfortable in his 1920s style so has tried to retain as much of the class and elegance he loves so much in his dress, speech and general behaviour. Most of the slang terms we associate from the 1920′s would have still been considered too informal at the time for James though. I think because of this, despite having the time and perspicacity to learn modern slang he has no intention of doing so.
He hates small talk but he also excels at it, his extensive vocabulary makes it easy for him to fill any silence without ever saying anything of true meaning. It’s a skill he’s always possessed but it has been perfected over time as it would be uncouth for a hotel owner to be dismissive to any guest. The keys is generic phrases that could be seen to agree, or at least sympathise, with any point of view such as “one can simply never tell in this economy” or “one cannot help but lament the choices of the younger generations as I’m certain our parents lamented ours.”
As a partner James would be extremely formal with you in public either calling you by your proper name or dearest and he would expect you to call him James. This would be partly because of tradition but also because he’s a very private man and wouldn’t want his affections shown in public.
When the two of you are in private it would be different, he’s still not going to be mushy or cutesy with you but he would be less formal. He’s not the type to end every sentence with “I love you” instead saving it for moments of significance. His pet names for you would be traditional like darling, dearest, sweetheart. He’d find modern pet names like babe abrasive and would discourage you from using them, even ironically, as he knows “You’re better than that dearest.”
When the two of you were to argue, and you would because his moods are very changeable, he would still retain most of his eloquence. He’s not going to curse at you but he will raise his voice if he feels he’s not being listened to. He’s very set in his ways and would not be willing to back down in an argument unless he could be certain he was wrong. However he will calm quickly, once he’s said his piece, and then will be more open to listening to your side of the argument. Such as “I’m sorry my dearest, but I simply hadn’t considered your side of it, please do go on.”
James very much enjoys whispering sinful things in your ear during foreplay to make you shiver. He would avoid using base language and would instead be very descriptive with words such as devour, ravage and ecstasy. He wouldn’t be afraid to take the dominate role using expressions like “I shall have you for my very own,” “I shall make your body sing for me little one” or “I shall make you want for nothing but me, my Godess.”
I don’t think he would be particularly talkative during the actual sex as he would instead try to relax and let go of his public persona. This would lead to more animalistic growls, moans and whimpers, occasionally interspersed by your name.
After sex he would be at his most affectionate, but still not in a overly sugary way but with statements like “I simply can’t imagine my life without you darling” or “you are the only salve upon my tortured soul, dearest.”