my [strength, sorely shaken] of late, must not break down

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 27) | Genius

Quotation: Drearily I wound my way downstairs: I knew what I had to do, and I did it mechanically. I sought the key of the side-door in the kitchen; I sought, too, a phial of oil and a feather; I oiled the key and the lock. I got some water, I got some bread: for perhaps I should have to walk far; and my strength, sorely shaken of late, must not break down. All this I did without one sound.

Context: Jane was stealing out of Thornfield to leave Mr. R.
Hi everyone! I don’t understand the bold part. What kind of strength? How could strength be “sorely shaken”?

My guess => Jane’s physical strength was weakened in a manner causing sorrow”.
  • Barque

    It means that her physical and perhaps also her mental strength/fortitude had been tested and weakened by the circumstances. She felt she would need something to eat on her journey and wouldn't be able to manage without food.
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