he conduct himself in the indulgence

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thetazuo

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Chinese - China
He married out of political necessity, risking bigamy for the sake of expediency, left no children and may not have consummated any of his marriages. However, he “struggled in vain against the lustful sins of the flesh yet so circumspectly did he conduct himself in the indulgence of these vices” that he offended no one. Some have claimed he was gay, but the nature of his peccadilloes remains mysterious.

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Jerusalem
Simon Sebag Montefiore

Hi. Does the bold part mean “he did these vices so carefully that he offered no one”?
Thank you.
 
  • Barque

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    Tamil
    Does the bold part mean “he did these vices so carefully that he offered no one”?
    You've got the idea. He indulged in (not "did") these vices so discreetly that he offended (not "offered") no one.

    Who's this person by the way?
     
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