a beauty just after the desire of my heart,—delicate and aërial

Irelia20150604

Senior Member
Chinese
The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 24

Quotation: “Don’t address me as if I were a beauty; I am your plain, Quakerish governess.”

“You are a beauty in my eyes, and a beauty just after the desire of my heart,—delicate and aërial.”

“Puny and insignificant, you mean. You are dreaming, sir,—or you are sneering. For God’s sake don’t be ironical!”
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Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

After => in agreement or conformity with: a man after my own heart.
The whole sentence => you are the (delicate and aërial) beauty whom I emotionally desire
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    I understand it as "You are the sort of beauty that I find desirable/attractive" or "Your beauty is of the sort that I find desirable/attractive".
     
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