her spirit seemed hastening to live within a very brief span as much as many live during a protracte

Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The context comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 8

...They woke, they kindled: first, they glowed in the bright tint of her cheek, which till this hour I had never seen but pale and bloodless; then they shone in the liquid lustre of her eyes, which had suddenly acquired a beauty more singular than that of Miss Temple's--a beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance. Then her soul sat on her lips, and language flowed, from what source I cannot tell. Has a girl of fourteen a heart large enough, vigorous enough, to hold the swelling spring of pure, full, fervid eloquence? Such was the characteristic of Helen's discourse on that, to me, memorable evening; her spirit seemed hastening to live within a very brief span as much as many live during a protracted existence.

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Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part. I read it as "her spirit seemed hastening to create as much brilliance, glory, etc., within a very short moment as many others did during a long lifespan". Is it correct?
 
  • Barque

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    Tamil
    Yes, you've got it. Her spirit seemed to be trying to fill into a brief span as much quality as would take most people a long life to feel.
     
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