Hi

Mrs X wanted to tell Mrs Y about a gossip which was related to her.

Mrs Y thought to herself:

Take it calmly, she told herself. It can do little harm. I take it to mean that the gossip won't be so harmful to her.

And for your purpose it is just as well that attention should

be focused upon something simple and silly, over and done

with.

I think it says: For your own good you should focus your attention on something simple and silly.

I'm not quite sure how to interpret "over and done with" here?
Hi,

Mrs X wanted to tell Mrs Y about a piece of gossip which was related to her.

Mrs Y thought to herself:

Take it calmly, she told herself. It can do little harm. I take it to mean that the gossip won't be so harmful to her. Yes, it won't do much harm.

And for your purpose it is just as well that attention should

be focused upon something simple and silly, over and done

with.

I think it says: For your own good you should focus your attention on something simple and silly. Generally speaking, yes.

I'm not quite sure how to interpret "over and done with" here? It's a strong and idiomatic way of saying that something is finished.

Clive
Hi

So maybe it would be more precise to say: For your own purpose/for your own good you should also focus your attention on something simple and silly and it's over.
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Hi,

So maybe it would be more precise (more precise than what?) to say: For your own purpose/for your own good you should also focus your attention on something simple and silly and it's over.

Omit it's (- bad grammar).

Clive
CliveHi,So maybe it would be more precise (more precise than what?)
Than my interpretation of this sentence in the 1st post.

Thanks for the answer.