[famine] itself soon sickens over it

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The context comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 5

Ravenous, and now very faint, I devoured a spoonful or two of my portion without thinking of its taste; but the first edge of hunger blunted, I perceived I had got in hand a nauseous mess; burnt porridge is almost as bad as rotten potatoes; famine itself soon sickens over it. The spoons were moved slowly: I saw each girl taste her food and try to swallow it; but in most cases the effort was soon relinquished. Breakfast was over, and none had breakfasted. Thanks being returned for what we had not got, and a second hymn chanted, the refectory was evacuated for the schoolroom.
Hi everyone! I don't quite understand "famine itself soon sickens over it" here. I interpret "famine" as "Severe hunger" but I don't know how the interpretation works. "a severely hungry girl soon sickens over it" might be more understandable to me. :confused:
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    Yes, your interpretation is right. "Famine" is being personalized. Even a famished person soon becomes sick from eating such food.
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