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What is the meaning of strain here?

‘No, no, sir! think of other subjects, and speak of other things, and in another strain. Don’t address me as if I were a beauty; I am your plain, Quakerish governess.’

Jane Eyre
Chapter 24
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    1. Strain Literature, A style present throughout a work, esp. a written work: He wrote it in a humorous strain.
    2. She's asking him to speak to her in a more appropriate way.
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