As our mutual happiness settled into a quieter character


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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 34) | Genius

Quotation: As our mutual happiness (i.e., Diana’s, Mary’s, and mine) settled into a quieter character, and we resumed our usual habits and regular studies, St. John stayed more at home: he sat with us in the same room, sometimes for hours together. While Mary drew, Diana pursued a course of encyclopedic reading she had (to my awe and amazement) undertaken, and I fagged away at German, he pondered a mystic lore of his own: that of some Eastern tongue, the acquisition of which he thought necessary to his plans.
Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

Character => type, kind (though I haven’t found such definitions in my dictionary)

The sentence => as our mutual happiness calmed down.
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    The essence is that whereas their happiness with each other did not diminish, it was expressed in a quieter manner.