he contrived to impress me momently with the conviction that I was put beyond the pale of his favor

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Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 35) | Genius

Quotation: He did not leave for Cambridge the next day, as he had said he would. He deferred his departure a whole week, and during that time he made me feel what severe punishment a good yet stern, a conscientious yet implacable man can inflict on one who has offended him. Without one overt act of hostility, one upbraiding word, he contrived to impress me momently with the conviction that I was put beyond the pale of his favor.
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Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to make it clear as below. Is it correct?

The sentence => he managed to convince me at any moment that his favor would not extend to me.
 
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    There are some old-fashioned words there.

    Momently means 'moment to moment' or 'continually'.

    Pale means 'fence'. This is a metaphor, of course.

    St John worked at trying to make me aware all the time that I was out of favour with him.
     
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