Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the adverb in bold in the following sentence?
No more can I turn the leaves of this dear book that I loved, and vainly hope in time to read it all.
vainly = over winningly = overly convinced of one's own superiority and importance
To get the meaning, "selfishly" might be substituted for "vainly"