far too dearly to flatter you

sampathronjay

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Sinhala
What is the meaning of this and where does it connect to in the given paragraph?

‘And then you won’t know me, sir; and I shall not be your Jane Eyre any longer, but an ape in a harlequin’s jacket—a jay in borrowed plumes. I would as soon see you, Mr. Rochester, tricked out in stage-trappings, as myself clad in a court-lady’s robe; and I don’t call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you. Don’t flatter me.’

Jane Eyre
Chapter 24
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you.
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    I love you too much to say nice things about you that are not true.
     
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