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The Mill on the Floss
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  • There was no humbug or hypocrisy about Mr. Glegg; his eyes would have watered with true feeling over the sale of a widow’s furniture, which a five-pound note from his side pocket would have prevented; but a donation of five pounds to a person "in a small way of life" would have seemed to him a mad kind of lavishness rather than "charity," which had always presented itself to him as a contribution of small aids, not a neutralizing of misfortune.

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  • It’s not clear if she is guilty of moral hypocrisy or moral weakness.
  • Hypocrisy is a standard feature of party politics with the majority regularly taking steps they claimed were wrong when the other party had the majority.

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