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    I gave him my style


    Can anybody tell me if I am right in thinking the bold text means the protagonist mentioned his aristocratic title to the unfriendly servant?

    But when and how had Jean pulled open the iron gates and retreated into the street? It mattered little, though certainly it left an uneasy sense of bewilderment; what mattered was that here we were fighting in semi-darkness--the dawn was not fairly lifted-- for life and death. "Ten thousand crowns, Monsieur Jean," I cried, "and my service!"--I gave him my style--"I see you can be a faithful servant." "Faithful to death!' he retorted, and I was sorry to have to kill him. We fenced grimly on.

    The Dream Circean, Aleister Crowley, 1910

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    Re: I gave him my style

    I would say so, yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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