7 ian. 2016

Pride and Prejudice (1)

”His pride”, said Miss Lucas,”does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family fortune, everything in his favor, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.”
”That is very true”, replied Elizabeth,”and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
”Pride”, observed Mary, who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections,”is a very common failing I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” ( Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet, Mary Bennet)

(Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice)

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