Today I want to deviate from my pattern a little bit. I know, I know, what pattern?! Well, at least for the quotes I've been sharing from Vanity Fair, I have posted the quote and then expounded on it with some of my own personal thoughts on the subject. For today, I want to put up this quote and then open the floor for discussion. So without further ado, here is the quote:
"It may perhaps have struck her that to have been honest and humble, to have done her duty, and to have marched straightforward on her way, would have brought her as near happiness as that path by which she was striving to attain it. But,---just as the children at Queen's Crawley went round the room, where the body of their father lay;---if ever Becky had these thoughts, she was accustomed to walk round them, and not look in. She eluded them, and despised them---or at least she was committed to the other path from which retreat was now impossible. And for my part I believe that remorse is the least active of all a man's moral senses---the very easiest to be deadened when wakened: and in some never wakened at all. We grieve at being found out, and at the idea of shame or punishment; but the mere sense of wrong makes very few people unhappy in Vanity Fair."
This paragraph comes out of chapter 41 ("In Which Becky Revisits the Halls of Her Ancestors") and is on page 415 in my book.
First of all, may I just say that I am enjoying Thackeray's writing immensely? Because I am. He is so good. I mean, have you ever tip-toed around certain thoughts instead of facing them head on? His analogy is beautiful.
Now, what do you think? Is remorse the least active of all a man's moral senses? Is Thackeray's statement true or false? And if true, is it true across the board for Christians and non-Christians alike? Let's start this week off with some edifying debate.