I have been too [abrupt] in communicating the news

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 33) | Genius

Quotation: “Nonsense! and what sort of an effect will the bequest have on you? Will it keep you in England, induce you to marry Miss Oliver, and settle down like an ordinary mortal?”

“You wander: your head becomes confused. I have been too abrupt in communicating the news; it has excited you beyond your strength.” (said St. John)

Context: Jane said she intended to share the 20000 pounds’ worth of legacy with the three cousins.
Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand “abrupt” here. My guess is as below. Is it correct?

Abrupt => 1. sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure.

The sentence => St. John too surprised Jane when he informed her of the news that her uncle bequeathed her 20000 pounds, because she had never expected the legacy would fall into her lap.
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    A good synonym of abrupt in this sentence would be "direct" or "blunt". St John feels that it would have been better if he had introduced the idea of the legacy more subtly and over time so as to allow Jane to become more accustomed to the theoretical idea of having a lot of money.
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