always been proud above my station

giraffe3333

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Japanese-Japan
Hi, I'd like to ask about the sentence in Musgrave Ritual by Conan Doyle.

When a butler got caught peeking in classified documents by his master..

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“I can't bear disgrace, sir. I've always been proud above my station in life, and disgrace would kill me.

I'm not sure what the underlined part means. What does the butler want to convey?
A: I've been pretentious, although I'm just a butler, looking at your private documents without permission. This conduct exhibits my out-of-place pride, I'm sorry.
B: I'm just a butler, but my pride is high regardless of the occupation.
 
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