he, in his own way, fully testified his approbation

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Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 34) | Genius

Quotation: I found him a very patient, very forbearing, and yet an exacting master: he expected me to do a great deal; and when I fulfilled his expectations, he, in his own way, fully testified his approbation. By degrees, he acquired a certain influence over me that took away my liberty of mind: his praise and notice were more restraining than his indifference. I could no longer talk or laugh freely when he was by, because a tiresomely importunate instinct reminded me that vivacity (at least in me) was distasteful to him.
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Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. “to testify” seems the main problem. I usually understand it as “to prove”, but the interpretation doesn’t work here. So I guess it as below. Is it correct?

Approbation => An expression of warm approval; praise. [from approbation ]

To testify => 5. To give evidence of, display, manifest, express (desire, emotion, etc.). Obs. or arch. [from OED]
1855 …She begs her brother‥to testify his own satisfaction by the most gracious letters‥that he can write.
1858 …. The grimly sympathetic Generals testified assent.

The sentence => he, in his own way, fully expressed his approval.
 
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