you were for flying off on some excursion

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 34) | Genius

Quotation: “I understand. I thought you were for flying off on some excursion. It is better so: Hannah shall go with you.”

“Tell her to be ready by to-morrow then; and here is the schoolroom key: I will give you the key of my cottage in the morning.”

Context: Jane closed the school for Christmas. She was “disposed for full holiday.”
Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

To be for => To be in favor of something or someone:
be for
To fly off => 2. Fig. to leave in a hurry. Well, it's late. I must fly off. She flew off a while ago.
fly off

the sentence => I thought you preferred to leave for some excursion.
  • Barque

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    I'd put it as: I thought you wanted to go off on some excursion.

    In this sentence, I think the "flying off" implies she was planning to leave very soon, rather than in a hurry.
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