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She could neither wonder nor condemn, but the belief of his self-conquest brought nothing to her consolatory to her bosom, afforded no palliation of her distress.
I was interested more by its moral atmosphere, that tension of falsehood, of desperate acting, which tainted the pure sea-atmosphere into which the magnanimous Anthony had carried off his conquest and--well--his self-conquest too, trying to act at the same time like a beast of prey, a pure spirit and the "most generous of men.
And from no one do I want beauty so much as from thee, thou powerful one: let thy goodness be thy last self-conquest.
No, Maggie, you have wrong ideas of self-conquest, as I've often told you.