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    exasperate like an injustice

    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.

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    Re: exasperate like an injustice

    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 16:46. Reason: Fixed misplaced parenthesis

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