Tone in Common Sense

Tone Examples in Common Sense:

III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs 1

"I am not induced by motives of pride, party, or resentment to espouse the doctrine of separation and independance..."   (III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs)

This line serves as a clarification on Paine's part that his arguments are not made by virtue of his own feelings, be they prideful or vindictive.