More Jane Eyre vocabulary for the dear reader!

Charlotte Brontë - she didn't just write novels!
Charlotte Brontë had a large vocabulary!

I’m about half-way through my re-read of Jane Eyre.  Once you get going, even the more unusual words seem to make sense in the context of Brontë’s writing.  Knowing some French definitely helps!

Here are more words you don’t see as much these days:

beck:  n. mountain stream

cuirass:  n. a piece of armor consisting of breastplate and backplate fastened together

repine:  v. feel or express discontent, fret

arrogate:  v. take or claim (something) for oneself without justification

habergeon:  n. a sleeveless coat of mail or scale armor

I think I should have known the definitions of repine and arrogate, but I had to look them up.  What about you?

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