“It will have helped us feel that we behaved decently until the end.”
The character Otto Quangel reflects on his actions.
An extract from Alone in Berlin, by Hans Fallada
In the German text of the novel…‘properly’…and ‘decently’ are all expressed by the adjective cum verb ‘anstandig’, which refers primarily to what is ‘decent’ or done ‘decently’ in a moral sense.
Behave decently until the end.