Brave New World

Chapter 13;

"But some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone." Who says this and what does it mean?

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John says this to Lenina. He wants to prove himself worthy of her by going through some horrible challenge as he had seen at the reservation. This is an allusion to A Midsummer Night's dream when Ferdinand himself suffers a sort of "baseness" when he feels he needs to prove himself worthy.