Swaping characters, following Kate's suggestion ;-)
Posted by Constanza on February 23, 1998 at 11:31:10:
``Nothing is more deceitful,'' said Darcy, ``than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.''
``And which of the two do you call my little recent piece of modesty, sir?'' replied Cecil rather stiffly.
``The indirect boast; -- for you are really proud of not being athletic, because you consider it as proceeding from your being a high-brow and devoting too much time to intellectual pursuits, which if not estimable, you think at least highly fashionable. When you told Freddy early this afternoon that you didn't want to spoil the set, you meant it to be a sort of panegyric, of compliment to yourself -- and yet what is there so very laudable in refusing to join in a game when your attitude may result in nobody being able to play for lack of a fourth player?''
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