[Source: Line 32, Ch 7, Jane Eyre]: Miss Temple seemed to remonstrate.
"Madam," he pursued, "I have a Master to serve whose kingdom is not of this world: my mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh; to teach them to clothe themselves with shame-facedness and sobriety, not with braided hair and costly apparel; and each of the young persons before us has a string of hair twisted in plaits which vanity itself might have woven; these, I repeat, must be cut off; think of the time wasted, of----"
How do you determine/deduce the apt definition of vanity here? Please explain the steps, thought processes; I’d like to try to resolve this myself in the future? Which of the following?
1. [mass noun] Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements:
This implies that narcissism wove those plaits, but reveals nothing about the worthiness of the plaits? .
2.[mass noun] The quality of being worthless or futile
This implies that futility wove those plaits?
3. Also, what does kingdom refer to? The United Kingdom?