too anxious to have delayed

imchongjun

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Hi. I have difficulty understanding the "too anxious to have delayed with dressing-gown and slippers" part in the following passage.


In that very first glimpse Spotty had felt there was something queer about him. The expression on his face -- his attitude -- they were wrong. In his biscuit-coloured pyjamas, he should have looked just an ordinary citizen awakened from sleep, too anxious to have delayed with dressing-gown and slippers. But some way he didn't.
(from a short story "Close Behind Him" by John Wyndham)


Does this mean "he was so terrified that he took some time to put on the dressing-gown and slippers"? Thank you for your comments in advance.
 

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It means the opposite: he'd been too anxious to take the time to put on a bathrobe and slippers.
 
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