it gave new tone to my unstrung nerves

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 29) | Genius

Quotation:“I know not whether I am a true philanthropist; yet I am willing to aid you to the utmost of my power in a purpose so honest. First, then, tell me what you have been accustomed to do, and what you can do.” (said St. John)

I had now swallowed my tea. I was mightily refreshed by the beverage; as much so as a giant with wine: it gave new tone to my unstrung nerves, and enabled me to address this penetrating young judge steadily.
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Hi everyone! I don’t understand the bold part. I try to guess it as below. Is it correct?

To unstring => 3 : to make weak, disordered, or unstable <was unstrung by the news> [M-W dictionary]
The author compared “nerves” as “strings”. The “strings” had been disordered, so they could have only played weak tones.
But now, with the refreshments, the “strings” could play a new tone – a stronger one.

I think it essentially means Jane regained her composure.
 
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