Self-confidence depends on surroundings: the same person talks quite differently in the drawing room and in the garret, and a rich woman's virtue is protected by her banknotes quite as effectively as by any cuirass worn under a corset. - Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary Quotes)

Self-confidence depends on surroundings: the same person talks quite differently in the drawing room and in the garret, and a rich woman’s virtue is protected by her banknotes quite as effectively as by any cuirass worn under a corset.[L’aplomb dépend des milieux où il se pose: on ne parle pas à l’entresol comme au quatrième étage, et la femme riche semble avoir autour d’elle, pour garder sa vertu, tous ses billets de banque, comme une cuirasse, dans la doublure de son corset.]

Source:(Modern Library, ed. 1957), Part III, Chapter I, Page 264
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