“The Crown!” [Emma said]

“Yes; if you and Mr. Woodhouse see no objection, and I trust you cannot, my father hopes his friends will be so kind as to visit him there. Better accommodations, he can promise them, and not a less grateful welcome than at Randalls. is his own idea. Mrs. Weston sees no objection to it, provided you are satisfied. This is what we all feel. Oh! you were perfectly right! Ten couple, in either of the Randalls rooms, would have been insufferable!—Dreadful!—I felt how right you were the whole time, but was too anxious for securing any thing to like to yield. Is not it a good exchange?—You consent—I hope you consent?

Emma by Jane Austen chapter 11 volume 2

Context: here Frank Churchill is trying to convince Mr. Woodhouse and his daughter Emma to come to the dance party, which the night before was agreed upon to take place in Randalls ( Frank's father's estate), but know it will be in the The Crown inn.

I'm really confused about the bold part, I vaguely understand that "he was too anxious to think of place to accommodate them.

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She did not want to yield, until now.

but was too anxious / for securing any thing / to like to yield

Lexico has


2.2 not like doing/to do something
Feel reluctant to do something.

  • Maybe it wasn't obvious in my post, but Frank Churchill is the one who is saying this paragraph.
    – Ali
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 19:28
  • It isn't clear in the better rendering here either, where the names Emma and Mr Churchill are not mentioned. Somehow "Emma said" was added to this post, but is not in the link. But the meaning stays the same. Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 19:33
  • This is my mistake. I added Emma said to indicate that she said " The Crown!". And then Frank responded by explaining how the idea of changing the place of the party came to be
    – Ali
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 19:38
  • Apart from who said it, do you understand my answer? Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 19:38
  • I think yes. He's saying that he didn't want to yield because he was too anxious for securing any thing
    – Ali
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 19:43

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