find her indulgence in pity

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Here Sai who had a fight with his lover and teacher, Gyan, tries to find him. In fact, she didn't know much about his private life and his family. But when she finds his house, surprisingly she finds that he lives in a poor house, with a poor family that doesn't match at all with his clothes, behavior and high education. Then she felt distaste for herself, "How had she been linked to this enterprise, without her knowledge or consent."

"At that moment, Gyan came out, caught her expression of distaste before she had a chance to disguise it, and was outraged. How dare she seek him out to find her indulgence in pity!"

I don't get the red part, does it mean she felt pity for him?

Many thanks.
It's part of Inheritance of Loss, a novel by Kiran Desai.
  • jmichaelm

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    English - US
    I have never seen this expression in AE. Perhaps it's common in India or in BE.

    My guess is the author means a little more than simply saying she pitied him but I can't be sure.
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