All 3 Uses of
- — I wish to think only of the work I have in my hands, to see only the silver beads and silk threads that lie in my lap; whereas, I distinctly behold his figure, and I inevitably recall the moment when I last saw it; just after I had rendered him, what he deemed, an essential service, and he, holding my hand, and looking down on my face, surveyed me with eyes that revealed a heart full and eager to overflow; in whose emotions I had a part.
Chpt 17essential = important or necessary
- Meantime, you forget essential points in pursuing trifles: you do not inquire why Mr. Briggs sought after you — what he wanted with you.
Chpt 33 *
- "Did I not say you neglected essential points to pursue trifles?" he asked.
(essential) necessary or important or relating to the basic nature of something