sensual comfort of [civilized affluence]

Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 34) | Genius

Quotation: “Jane, I excuse you for the present: two months’ grace I allow you for the full enjoyment of your new position, and for pleasing yourself with this late-found charm of relationship; but then, I hope you will begin to look beyond Moor House and Morton, and sisterly society, and the selfish calm and sensual comfort of civilized affluence. I hope your energies will then once more trouble you with their strength.” (said St. John)
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Hi everyone! I don’t understand the bold part. It’s odd to me. My guess is as below. Is it correct?

Civilized => 3. of or pertaining to civilized people:
Affluence => 1. abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth.

civilized affluence => the affluence that civilized people enjoy.
 
  • Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    Yes.

    "Hey Jane, I'm giving you two months to enjoy living the good life here, then I expect you to put your nose back to the grindstone of self-sacrifice."

    I really don't like St. John.
     
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