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|Sorry, but J.A states otherwise..
Written by Jim Morris
(5/12/2013 7:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did Darcy change?, penned by Therese
"I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child, I was taught what was right; but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately, an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing -- to care for none beyond my own family circle, to think meanly of all the rest of the world, to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight-and-twenty;
This was his character until he had to redress it...and change it.
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