He certainly did have some air of graciousness to him, but he wasn't exactly riveting enough to be considered high-class. The materials were clean and pressed the best they could be, but the fabric was not exactly top quality. In fact, the leatherbound book beside him was likely more expensive than his cloak. It was large and clearly old with some of the stained pages fraying. Beside it was a stack of papers, some blank, a quill and a pot of ink in which Algernon was using to write with.
A journal entry perhaps. Or just mere practice for the expedition; take notes of all things and make an accurate documentation of the events. But of course, before he could go on any expedition, he had to meet the people going with him, first. Apparently, there had been volunteers...thank goodness he would not have to go alone.