a kindly star twinkled just above the chasm ridge


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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 28) | Genius

Quotation: I touched the heath: it was dry, and yet warm with the heat of the summer day. I looked at the sky; it was pure: a kindly star twinkled just above the chasm ridge. The dew fell, but with propitious softness; no breeze whispered. Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.
Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to draw a picture to show the idea. Is it correct?

chasm ridge.jpg
  • Juhasz

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    English - United States
    It seems like you have the right idea. Because the star is said to be just above the ridge, we know that it's low on the horizon; if the star were any lower, it would be "beneath" (that is, obscured by) the ridge.


    English - England
    Yes, that's it. Jane says she is in a hollow, i.e. at the bottom of the chasm - although 'chasm' seems a dramatic word, and she is looking upwards.
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