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|He admits that he is dissatisfied with himself
Written by Chandra S
(2/1/2004 11:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, He claims to abhor disguise, but he used it, penned by kathleen (elder)
and that this disguise - this "art" (there is meanness in all the arts) - was beneath him. Just a few lines above the section that you quoted, he voices his regrets for having violated one of his own often spoken principles:
"There is but one part of my conduct in the whole affair on which I do not reflect with satisfaction; it is, that I condescended to adopt the measures of art so far as to conceal from him your sister's being in town. (snip) Perhaps this concealment, this disguise was beneath me;....."
I believe he truly does abhor disguise, and that he regrets this small part of his conduct, but nothing else he has done. And by regret, I don't mean that I think he would do it differently if he had it over again, only that he seems to feel that he has done a bad thing for a good reason, but wishes he hadn't "needed" to.
Non-sequitur - I love the way the implication of the word "condescended" is so very different here from when Mr. Collins uses it.
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