He certainly had warmed a snake on his hearth, and how was he to be rid of it?
I would have no ill befall her, but I am glad to be rid of her.
But, if he take me at my word, I shall be rid of one of my tormentors.
And when you marry you will, as you know, be rid of the responsibility.
Either he must get rid of him, or leave his daughter to manage her own affairs.