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Written by Connie
(4/15/2010 9:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, certainly too little for the convenience of the world, penned by Stephanie
You quote only part of what he says about it. He also says, I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought... So he does realize that he is behaving wrongly. It's true he does not tell Lizzy how he is struggling against his vice, or what he plans to do to get the better of it. But that would be rather out of place here, wouldn't it?
My interpretation is he is saying, "I am often resentful. I know it's wrong. It's the particular fault of my temper--everyone has one. But sometimes when the world sees me as resentful, I am only sticking to my principals or habits. The world would be happier if it could influence me more. However, I repeat that I am sometimes resentful."
I can relate to this. How often are other people's criticisms of us half right (and correspondingly, half wrong).
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