seemed gathering life and threatening a revelation of the arch-traitor—of Satan himself—in his subor

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  1. Irelia20150604

    Irelia20150604 Senior Member

    China Shanghai
    Chinese
    The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 20

    Quotation: According as the shifting obscurity and flickering gleam hovered here or glanced there, it was now the bearded physician, Luke, that bent his brow; now St. John’s long hair that waved; and anon the devilish face of Judas, that grew out of the panel, and seemed gathering life and threatening a revelation of the arch-traitor—of Satan himself—in his subordinate’s form.

    Amidst all this, I had to listen as well as watch: to listen for the movements of the wild beast or the fiend in yonder side den. But since Mr. Rochester’s visit it seemed spellbound: all the night I heard but three sounds at three long intervals,—a step creak, a momentary renewal of the snarling, canine noise, and a deep human groan.

    Context: I think "the wild beast or the fiend" refers to Mrs. Poole.
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    Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

    the devilish face of Judas seemed gathering life (becoming real beings, not just "grim design") and threatening to reveal (lay open to view) the arch-traitor - of Satan himself - in his subordinate's form (what appeared was his subordinate - Mrs. Poole; i.e., "the wild beast or the fiend" would come out of her den; She was Satan himself!)
     
  2. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    Judas is the subordinate of Satan. The flickering shadows made the carved head of Judas seem alive, and about to turn into the image of Satan himself.
     

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