he endured the caress, but ...nor so much

Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The context comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 13

I had scarce tied the strings of the portfolio, when, looking at his watch, he said abruptly—

“It is nine o’clock: what are you about, Miss Eyre, to let Adèle sit up so long? Take her to bed.”

Adèle went to kiss him before quitting the room: he endured the caress, but scarcely seemed to relish it more than Pilot would have done, nor so much.

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Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part. the major problem lies "nor so much" here. I guess the sentence means "It is not so much that he endured the caress, but that he scarcely seemed to relish it more than Pilot would have done (relished the caress)". Is it correct?
 
  • Barque

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    Tamil
    It means:
    He endured the caress.
    He didn't seem to like it more than Pilot would have.
    In fact, he didn't even seem to like it as much as Pilot would/might have.
     
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