Chance laid them somewhat apart; let them be once approached and bliss results

Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 19

Quotation: “You could scarcely find me one. If you knew it, you are peculiarly situated: very near happiness; yes, within reach of it. The materials are all prepared; there only wants a movement to combine them. Chance laid them somewhat apart; let them be once approached and bliss results.

Context: Jane defied the old woman by saying your statement was applicable to " almost any one who you knew lived as a solitary dependent in a great house". But she rejoined that her words were specific to Jane.
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Hi everyone. I don't quite understand the bold part. i try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

They (=the materials, or more specially, Jane and Mr. R) chanced to be laid somewhat apart; Just let them be approached a single time, and then bliss result will come.
 
  • cissy3

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    English-England
    Yes, again I think you are correct.

    It was 'chance',' luck ', or 'fate' which led to their separation, and 'chance' can work again to see them re-united (in bliss)
     
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