I'm not a teacher.Dear Teachers,
I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth.
"Politeness is the bond established by society between men who are strangers to one another. Virtues attach us to family, friends and people less fortunate than ourselves; but in every relationship which we do not characterise as a duty, civilised manners prepare the way for affections..."
What does it mean by "relationship which we do not characterise as a duty"?
An example of a relationship characterised by duty can be love towards family members. You may not always agree or get along very well, but you are bound by duty to love them based on their status as a family member (in theory!). An example of a relationship not characterised by duty is one with a boy/girlfriend; you choose to engage in such a relationship and don't feel bound by duty.
"Social conventions are the image of moral life, presupposing it in any circumstances which do not give a chance of proving it."
I am totally lost about the latter part of this sentence...
I'm not sure myself. My best interpretation is:
"Social conventions represent the moral life and such conventions supposedly take morality for granted, however this is only evident in circumstances where the idea is not given a chance to be proven otherwise." (edited after reading David.L's post)
"I wanted to banish the burden of innocence; I didn't like my perilous virgin vulnerability."
What is perilous virgin vulnerability?
I assume the person sees the innocence of "virgin vunerability" as a liability, something which is disadvantagous for one reason or another.
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