A nobleman is helping his fiancée carry a big sack. Next, he helps her hang a painting. He hits own finger with the hammer. It hurts, so he winces, but his girlfriend thinks he is being self-absorbed and egotistical.

''Once upon a time, there was a man who was called egotistical on the rare occasions when he tried to focus on himself.''

The notion of egotism

Egotism means self-love. An egotist is someone who has a high degree of self-love and self-absorption, while having an egotistical desire or point of view means being selfish, self-seeking, self-loving, cf. ruthless or inconsiderate of others.

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