[Not in my time], I thought: you are a stranger to me


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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 36) | Genius

Quotation:“You know Thornfield Hall, of course?” I managed to say at last. (asked Jane)

“Yes, ma’am; I lived there once.” (answered the host of the inn)

“Did you?” Not in my time, I thought: you are a stranger to me.

“I was the late Mr. Rochester’s butler,” he added.

Context: having seen Thornfield Hall burnt down, Jane was asking the host about Mr. R.
Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. Does it mean “you didn’t live there while I was living there”?
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