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Spiritual Pride and Masochistic Prejudice
by Wallace Runnymede

10% of British folk think they are moving downstairs after they die and reach the afterlife. So, in tribute to the media article at the bottom of this story, I bring you Austen's Darcy & Elizabeth. No inappropriately indecorous  flirting, anachronistic coquettery, and barely concealed gallantry and sexual tension intended ;)


Hmph! Now do you believe me, Mr Darcy, I daresay such false humility is scarcely a creditable virtue for such an accomplished gentleman as yourself! ;)

Alas, Elizabeth, I do so very much fear that there is nothing more to be said on the matter. I am, if I may make so bold in such delicate company as this, rather austerely and haughtily Calvinistic in my bearing, and upon my word, it shall bestow upon me none other than the greatest of all the most sublime pleasures of eternity that my dearest mistress Elizabeth shall graciously espy my torments from afar, and glory in the abject humiliation of my woeful burning, for all the wretched ages of eternity to come.

Mr Darcy, now that is surely not pride at all. Indeed, it is but mere vanity! Why, what a charming gentleman you are, when all is said and done! ;)

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