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Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural.

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Yeah. Does it mean that the wickedness is also natural?
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Context from :Vanity Fair, A Novel without a Hero

Part 1

Chapter II.

In Which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley Prepare to Open the Campaign

“Why, will the black footman tell tales?” cried Miss Rebecca, laughing. “He may go back and tell Miss
Pinkerton that I hate her with all my soul; and I wish he would; and I wish I had a means of proving it,
too. For two years I have only had insults and outrage from her. I have been treated worse than any
servant in the kitchen. I have never had a friend or a kind word, except from you. I have been made to
tend the little girls in the lower schoolroom, and to talk French to the Misses, until I grew sick of my
mother-tongue. But that talking French to Miss Pinkerton was capital fun, wasn’t it? She doesn’t know a
word of French, and was too proud to confess it. I believe it was that which made her part with me; and
so thank Heaven for French. Vive la France! Vive l’Empereur! Vive Bonaparte!”
“O Rebecca, Rebecca, for shame!” cried Miss Sedley; for this was the greatest blasphemy Rebecca had
as yet uttered; and in those days, in England, to say, “Long live Bonaparte!” was as much as to say,
“Long live Lucifer!” “How can you—how dare you have such wicked, revengeful thoughts?”
“Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural,” answered Miss Rebecca. “I’m no angel.” And, to say the
truth, she certainly was not.
For it may be remarked in the course of this little conversation (which took place as the coach rolled
along lazily by the river side) that though Miss Rebecca Sharp has twice had occasion to thank Heaven, it
has been, in the first place, for ridding her of some person whom she hated, and secondly, for enabling
her to bring her enemies to some sort of perplexity or confusion; neither of which are very amiable
motives for religious gratitude, or such as would be put forward by persons of kind and placable
disposition. Miss Rebecca was not, then, in the least kind or placable. All the world used her ill, said this
young misanthropist, and we may be pretty certain that persons whom all the world treats ill deserve
entirely the treatment they get. The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection
of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a
jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice. This is certain, that if the world
neglected Miss Sharp, she never was known to have done a good action in behalf of anybody; nor can it
be expected that twenty-four young ladies should all be as amiable as the heroine of this work, Miss
Sedley (whom we have selected for the very reason that she was the best-natured of all, otherwise what
on earth was to have prevented us from putting up Miss Swartz, or Miss Crump, or Miss Hopkins, as
heroine in her place?)—it could not be expected that every one should be of the humble and gentle
temper of Miss Amelia Sedley; should take every opportunity to vanquish Rebecca’s hard-heartedness
and ill-humor; and, by a thousand kind words and offices, overcome, for once at least, her hostility to her

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This man had an excellent name!
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