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    more to the purpose

    I am not sure about the exact meaning of:

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    From: Pride and Prejudice

    "_My_ overhearings were more to the purpose than _yours_, Eliza," said Charlotte.
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    Re: more to the purpose

    I would guess at germaine, pertinent, of greater importance.

    Was the character speaking talking to another person about something they had overheard ? If so, my guesses are correct.

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    Re: more to the purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by beanfromex View Post
    I would guess at germane, pertinent, of greater importance.
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    Charlotte is saying that what she overheard (she doesn't say, but it may have been either about Mr D'Arcy's fortune or about the new tenant at Netherfield [and his interest in Jane])' was of greater importance than what Lizzie overheard (which only hurt her pride) - 'of greater importance', in the view of Miss Lucas, means 'to do with people actually getting married'

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