Hi everyone,

I've struggled in vain to understand this sentence:

"The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner, and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature."

Can anyone help me?

aught = anything

1. Does this mean boys that are sure (of themselves) at a dinner?
2. 'disdain as much...' - does this mean the boy would disdain as a lord disdain to try to win someone over in a dishonest manner?