as=the same or as=except for

lena55313

Senior Member
Russian-Russia
Hi, could anyone explain, please

"In Jackson Park Burnham faced repeated interruptions stemming from his de facto role as ambassador to the outside world, charged with cultivating goodwill and future attendance. Mostly these banquets, talks, and tours were time-squandering annoyances, as in June 1891 when, at the request of Director-General Davis, Burnham hosted a visit to Jackson Park by a battalion of foreign dignitaries that consumed two full days. Others were purely a pleasure."

The question is:
Mostly all meetings were "time-squandering annoyances". Was the particular meeting (marked with black) also time-squandering or it conversely was useful?

What is the meaning of as in this sentence?
 
  • lena55313

    Senior Member
    Russian-Russia
    I haven't heard about it too. But the last sentence confused me. I thought in that way: if other meetings were a pleasure maybe that one was as exception a business and useful.
    But now I've caught that there were two types of meetings: 1. time-squandering annoyances 2. purely a pleasure
     
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