Humor, blue eyes, and Midwestern politeness: what more could the ladies (and a good portion of the men) of New York want?
In a later scene when Smiley interrogates Haydon, they never break through the barrier of politeness.
By Palin's account, she thought Sarkozy was "drunk," but took the call out of politeness.
late 14c., "polished, burnished" (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin politus "refined, elegant, accomplished," literally "polished," past participle of polire "to polish, to make smooth" (see polish (v.)). Used literally at first in English; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded c.1500, that of "behaving courteously" is 1748 (implied in politely). Related: Politeness.