To me it seems more a case of a verb of motion in the present perfect with ‘be’ rather than ‘have’ as its auxiliary verb before the past participle?
I don’t understand that explanation, please elaborate.
“She had scarcely time to assemble her feelings about this before he was arrived.”
In the book she is informed that her nephew is coming to live in her town. Therefore, I read this as; she had just assembled her feelings just before his arrival.
The present perfect tense deals with an action that began in the past and continues up to the present time. This would not be the case in the sentence from the book.
The past perfect tense deals with an action that was completed in the past before a more recent past-time action took place.
Therefore, the character in the book had, (past perfect tense) scarcely time to assemble her feelings before he had arrived.
Am I wrong?