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    not be found wanting

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Those virtues which characterize the young English gentlewoman, those accomplishments which become her birth and station, will not be found wanting in the amiable Miss Sedley, whose industry and obedience have endeared her to her instructors, and whose delightful sweetness of temper has charmed her ages and her youthful companions.

    wanting = not measuring up to standards or expectations/absent, lacking

    not be found wanting = found be inherent/innate

    industry = energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: not be found wanting

    Your interpretation is exactly correct. If something is "wanting," then there is not enough of that something; you will be left wanting more after it is gone. If a person is described as "industrious" or having industry, that means the person works hard. Both of these expressions are somewhat old-fashioned, and not commonly in use today.

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