He had a rich abundance of idle time
, but it never hung heavy on his hands, for he interested himself in every new thing that was born into the universe of ideas, and studied it, and experimented upon it at his house.
Although his manners might be unpleasant, he had claims on the indulgence of a young lady, who was at a loss how to employ her idle time
He had had a nice, good, idle time
all the while -- plenty of company -- and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it
During the service he would first listen to the prayers, trying to attach some meaning to them not discordant with his own views; then feeling that he could not understand and must condemn them, he tried not to listen to them, but to attend to the thoughts, observations, and memories which floated through his brain with extreme vividness during this idle time
of standing in church.
He became cunning; he had idle time
in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.
Invited to become Lady Janet's guest (he had passed his holidays as a school-boy under Lady Janet's roof)--free to spend the idle time
of his convalescence from morning to night in Mercy's society--the impression originally produced on him in a French cottage soon strengthened into love.
It left him unsettled, with a legacy of idle time
on his hands, and, in so doing, it let out all the foreign sides of his character, one on the top of another, like rats out of a bag.