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Written by Diane N.
(3/21/2009 2:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, OK, but why?, penned by TimLee
I think that it was understood at the time that humility was a virtue, and people were encouraged not to be prideful in their possessions or looks (etc.) though of course this ideal was not lived up to.
However, the General's library was so impressive that even a hypothetical humble man who would own such an array of books in such a finely decorated room would feel (against his normal inclination) pride in it. So of course the General, who we know is *not* humble, is very, very proud of his library. And it really was a very magnificent place.
Does that help?
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