my impulse was to rise from it like a spring


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The context below comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 2

They had got me by this time into the apartment indicated by Mrs. Reed, and had thrust me upon a stool: my (Jane's) impulse was to rise from it like a spring; their two pair of hands arrested me instantly.

"If you don't sit still, you must be tied down," said Bessie. "Miss Abbot, lend me your garters; she would break mine directly."

Hi everyone! I'm not sure about the bold part. Some read it as "I involuntarily jump from it ". But I think Jane did not manage to "jump". She involuntarily had the desire to stand up but failed to do so due to the two pair of hands. Is my understanding correct?
  • Barque

    I understand it as: My impulse was to jump up quickly (springily, bouncing up, like a spring released from tension).