Like Samuel Butler, also reared in a loveless province, what Stendhal fears is self-deception. This compels them to be double men. To the historical critic their lives will suggest how Romantic irony and two-sidedness ends as the modern temper. — Jacques Barzun,Stendhal on Love, The Energies of Art, Vintage Edition, 1961, p. 117.
I was not reared in a loveless province, I do not begin with Romantic irony, and I do not end with the modern temper.