In Diana of the Crossways, Lady Dunstane does not like her new house: she thinks it is too ugly. Her friend Diana, however, says that many people would be happy to have a house like that. My question is: what is meant here by indemnities?
Her cat's love of the familiar inside corners was never able to embrace the outer walls. Her sensitiveness, too, was racked by the presentation of so pitiably ugly a figure to the landscape. She likened it to a coarse-featured country wench, whose cleaning and decorating of her countenance makes complexion grin and ruggedness yawn. Dirty, dilapidated, hung with weeds and parasites, it would have been more tolerable. She tried the effect of various creepers, and they were as a staring paint. What it was like then, she had no heart to say.
One may, however, fall on a pleasureable resignation in accepting great indemnities, as Diana bade her believe, when the first disgust began to ebb. "A good hundred over there would think it a Paradise for an asylum: she signified London."
I undestand the literal meaning of indemnities, but do not understand what does it signify here: an indemnity is a compensation, but who pays it in this context? Or maybe she refers to the landscape of the estate which, unlike the house, both of them find beautiful?