Okej, I'm back. Back in may this year I had a lot of questions about works by Joseph Conrad. This time I have an equal amount of questions about a story by Edith Wharton. The first question concerns the phrase "exasperate like an injustice" in the excerpt below:
Today the sense of well-being was intensified
by her joy at escaping from the library. She liked well enough to have a
friend drop in and talk to her when she was on duty, but she hated to be
bothered about books. How could she remember where they were, when they
were so seldom asked for? Orma Fry occasionally took out a novel, and
her brother Ben was fond of what he called "jography," and of books
relating to trade and bookkeeping; but no one else asked for anything
except, at intervals, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," or "Opening of a Chestnut
Burr," or Longfellow. She had these under her hand, and could have
found them in the dark; but unexpected demands came so rarely that they
exasperated her like an injustice....
I would be grateful if someone could say something about this phrase.
They made her feel resentful/hurt/hard done-by/mistreated (and angry/annoyed as a consequence), as she would have felt she had really been the victim of unjust treatment.
Last edited by BobK; 15-Aug-2007 at 17:46. Reason: Fixed misplaced parenthesis