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|Well Mary does call it a common failing
Written by Tracy W
(5/2/2007 11:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary: Pride vs. Vanity, penned by BarbaraB
I don't think it's ironic that Mary herself is proud and vain. She says "that human nature is particularly prone to it, and there are very few of us who do not cherist a feeling of self-complacency". If Mary claimed that she herself was free from the failing, that would be ironic. As it is, it's just a moralising statement she probably got from a book. In another character's mouth, with slightly different wording, it may reveal self-knowledge.
As for Mary's place in the story, she does allow JA to slip in these moralising bits. The distinction between pride and vanity is informative, even if Mary says it in a very moralising way.
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