Joseph Conrad again ... what does he mean by "the lofty exigencies
of his pride"?
"Her violet eyes laughed while the lines of her lips and chin
remained composed in admirable gravity. All this was set off by such
a glorious mass of fair hair, by a complexion so marvellous, by such
a grace of expression, that General D'Hubert really never found the
opportunity to examine with sufficient detachment the lofty exigencies
of his pride."
Ummm - a nasty one, this!
I think Conrad is saying that the General's sense of pride is demanding and imposes high requirements on his sense of self-worth.