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"I cannot help it, I must see him to-day, and it does not make much difference; I am in no hurry, I can wait as well as not."

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as well as not....

What should this mean?
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= I can wait as long as necessary.
pructus I am in no hurry, I can wait as well as not.
It's like saying "waiting would not be a problem."

"It's immaterial to me whether I wait or not, as long as I see him today."

It's a restatement of "it does not make much difference [whether I wait or not]." (dummy "it.")

("I cannot help it" - this "it" refers to the fact that he must see him today.)
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I see....

Thanks Philip and Avangi....
He put the tea down himself and said we could wait awhile as well as not.

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How about this one?

Does it mean "it doesn't matter whether we wait awhile or not"?

Does it mean that we could wait, but also we didn't have to wait?
pructusDoes it mean that we could wait, but also we didn't have to wait?
Technically, that's what it says; but the implication of the idiom is usually:
"There is no reason why we can't do X."

There's simultaneously the implication: "Let's do it!"

I really hate to bother you guys, but my car is stuck in the ditch and my wife's about to have a baby!
(reply) No problem! We can help you as well as not!

Edit. Come to think of it, it's not always all rosy. It can also mean, "Hey! I don't really give a rat's behind!"

Hey, we're sorry we told you there was no room for you on the trip. Maybe we can squeeze you in after all.
(reply) Oh, really? Ya know what? I can stay home as well as not!Emotion: finger
(It makes no difference to me whether I go or not! But the way you guys treat me, I think I'll stay home!)
It can be a sour grapes thing.
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Oh, what a marvellous explanation, Avangi....