I think not; and if I were, it does not much signify

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Irelia20150604

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

Quotation: “But are you sure you are not in the position of those conquerors whose triumphs have cost them too dear? Would not such another ruin you?”

I think not; and if I were, it does not much signify; I shall never be called upon to contend for such another. The event of the conflict is decisive: my way is now clear; I thank God for it!”
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Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

The sentence => “I think the victory doesn’t cost too much; and if I were (in the position of those conquerors whose triumphs have cost them too dear), it does not matter much”.
 
  • Glenfarclas

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    If I understand your rephrasing correctly, I think you're right. He says: "I think the victory didn't cost too much. Even if it did, though, it doesn't matter, because I will never be called upon to fight such a battle again."
     
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