Jane Eyre Vocab & Quotes: Installment Six

This is the sixth installment of my longstanding series Jane Eyre Vocabulary & Quotes. So without further ado, let us begin!

pecuniary: Of, relating to, or consisting of money.

My pecuniary affairs suffer much because of my addiction to video games.

lineaments: An outline, feature, or contour of a body or figure and especially of a face—usually used in plural. A linear topographic feature (as of the earth) that reveals a characteristic (as a fault or the subsurface structure).

The bus driver’s lineaments revealed a hard life.

dandle: To move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way.

My inexpert dandling of the newly born child caused the midwife much uneasiness.

aerie [British eyrie, as written in Jane Eyre]: The nest of a bird (such as an eagle or hawk) built high up on a cliff or on the top of a mountain. A room or building built high up so that people inside can see things happening below them.

The boy balanced himself atop the flagpole and gazed down triumphantly on the playground below, as an eagle in its aerie may upon a vast forest.

Well, that’s all for now. Feel free to comment on this post with your own sentences from the words above. I’ll leave you with a quote from Jane Eyre:

“Presentiments are strange things! and so are sympathies; and so are signs: and the three combined make one mystery to which humanity has not yet found the key. I never laughed at presentiments in my life; because I have had strange ones of my own. Sympathies, I believe, exist: ( for instance, between far-distant, long-absent, wholly estranged relatives asserting, notwithstanding their alienation, the unity of the source to which each traces his origin) whose workings baffle mortal comprehension. And signs, for aught we know, may be but the sympathies of Nature with man.”

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