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The Age of Innocence
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  • Archer’s New York tolerated hypocrisy in private relations; but in business matters it exacted a limpid and impeccable honesty.
  • He perceived that such a picture presupposed, on her part, the experience, the versatility, the freedom of judgment, which she had been carefully trained not to possess; and with a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.
  • Her incapacity to recognise change made her children conceal their views from her as Archer concealed his; there had been, from the first, a joint pretence of sameness, a kind of innocent family hypocrisy, in which father and children had unconsciously collaborated.
  • I’m sick of the hypocrisy that would bury alive a woman of her age if her husband prefers to live with harlots."

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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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