it is with regret, not with pleasure

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Can "it is with regret, not with pleasure." in the following sentence be put in this way:good taste is compelled to exclude with regret, not with pleasure."?

Good taste is much more a matter of discrimination than of exclusion, and when good taste feels compelled to exclude, it is with regret, not with pleasure.

Thanks very much!
  • Juhasz

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    English - United States
    The idea is that in the instances when good taste must exclude (how can good taste, a quality that a person might posses exclude? I don't know, but that's perhaps a separate question), good taste excludes with regret; good taste does not exclude with pleasure. That is, it is a matter of necessity, not preference.
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