il n'y a qu'opportunisme, arrivisme
et egocentrisme -- cela ne peut que decevoir.
The panoply of characters to whom Lily is contrasted manifest, each one in his or her own way, a complex array of traits that appear as vices by Lily's example--lachete, arrivisme
, hypocrisy, manipulative deviousness, condescension, vin dictiveness, sanctimoniousness--all associated in some way or another with "society.
To her daughter Clara, Mme de Duras had written from Compiegne, where she had witnessed shabby examples of blatant arrivisme
on Louis XVIII's return in 1814, "My dear child, whatever your position in life, adopt the firm resolve to remain in your station, neither above nor below.