by William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair Language and Communications Quotes
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Many timid remonstrances had she uttered to George in behalf of her brother, but the former in his trenchant way cut these entreaties short. "I'm an honest man," he said, "and if I have a feeling I show it, as an honest man will. How the deuce, my dear, would you have me behave respectfully to such a fool as your brother?" (31.2)
This is George's attempt to cut through the bull. The problem is, he does it to the wrong person, at the wrong time, in the wrong place. Mostly he does it to people he perceives as inferior in order to lower them even further, when the better way to use this skill would be as a leveler for those higher. That's what Becky does, and that's why we love it when she does it.