a private marriage ceremony, besides that performed at the altar

Irelia20150604

Senior Member
Chinese
The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 24

Quotation: "While you looked so, I should be certain that whatever charter you might grant under coercion, your first act, when released, would be to violate its conditions.”

“Why, Jane, what would you have? I fear you will compel me to go through a private marriage ceremony, besides that performed at the altar. You will stipulate, I see, for peculiar terms—what will they be?”
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Hi everyone! I don't understand the bold part. I guess it literally means "to go through a private marriage ceremony, besides that (=in addition to that marriage ceremony) performed at (=before) the altar". But what's the idea? I'm lost. :confused:
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think he fears that Jane will require more from him than the 'standard' terms and promises made at a regular church marriage (promises to love, honour, cherish till death do us part etc etc). He fears that she will lay down other rules and conditions, as if going through a private ceremony.

    Just a guess.
     
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