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"Detention" in North and South

A friend of mine is translating parts of Elisabeth Gaskell's "North and South", and we're having trouble with the meaning of the word "detention" in this paragraph:

"He lashed himself into an agony of fierce jealousy. He thought of that look, that attitude! - How he would have laid his life at her feet for such tender glances, such fond detention!"

Does anyone have any particular thoughts on what it would mean in this particular context?

Thanks in advance
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