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    And she wasted her pity. = And there is nothing to regret.

    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?

    Never could she understand how he cared. But those Indian women did presumably-- silly, pretty, flimsy nincompoops. And she wasted her pity. For he was quite happy, he assured her--perfectly happy, though he had never done a thing that they talked of; his whole life had been a failure. It made her angry still.

    And she wasted her pity. = And there is nothing to regret.

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Lightbulb Re: And she wasted her pity. = And there is nothing to regret.

    It means that she lost her compassion

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    Re: And she wasted her pity. = And there is nothing to regret.

    Not a teacher.

    She pitied him, she felt sorry for him because his life "had been a failure" in her estimation. But it was a "wasted" emotion, because he was perfectly happy.

    She should instead feel pity for someone who is really sorrowful and sad.

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    Re: And she wasted her pity. = And there is nothing to regret.

    I agree with Dave. She wasted her pity on him because there was no reason to pity him. (Their opinions (his and hers) were quite at odds.)


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