And she'd never demean herself to that man.
"You do not normally demean yourself by talking to someone as lowly as I am," he replied, turning.
"You won't deign to demean yourself by marrying me, you..." said Helene, beginning to cry.
Balashev began to feel uncomfortable: as envoy he feared to demean his dignity and felt the necessity of replying; but, as a man, he shrank before the transport of groundless wrath that had evidently seized Napoleon.
Pfuel only snorted contemptuously and turned away, to show that he would never demean himself by replying to such nonsense as he was now hearing.
If he had now resigned rather than demean himself by Icting against his conscience, it is by no means unlikely that he would have been recalled to power before many years were over.