a waste of time

Type: Discussion | Title: Emma (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Vol: Volume II | Ch: Chapter I

The phrase appears as an interjection within Emma's mind, part of her inner debate with herself stimulated by Knightley's hints and her heart on the one side, her selfishness or what is meant by "vanity" on the other.

Is visiting the Bates women more a waste of time than visiting the poor? No, but it is less pleasant, in part because Miss Bates talks, in part because Emma is subjected to being read the letters of a more talented, more beautiful woman her own age.

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