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|Mary: Pride vs. Vanity
Written by BarbaraB
(5/2/2007 10:43 p.m.)
"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 synonimously. 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."
Mary seems to see pride and vanity as a failing so I find it ironic that in chapter six:
Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
JA does not seem to like Mary very much so I am quite curious to understand why she is included/her purpose to the story.
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