that in case I married Miss Ingram, both you and little Adele had better trot forthwith

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Does "that in case I married Miss Ingram, both you and little Adele had better trot forthwith" mean "that if I married Miss Ingram, both you and little Adele would have at once better work to do"?


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That was only a lady-clock, child, "flying away home." I wish to remind you that it was you who first said to me, with that discretion I respect in you- with that foresight, prudence, and humility which befit your responsible and dependent position- that in case I married Miss Ingram, both you and little Adele had better trot forthwith. I pass over the sort of slur conveyed in this suggestion on the character of my beloved; indeed, when you are far away, Janet,

Jane Eyre» Chapter 23
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  • PaulQ

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    I wish to remind you that it was you who first said to me, [...] that in case I married Miss Ingram, both you and little Adele had better trot forthwith. =
    I wish to remind you that it was you who first said to me, [...] that if I married Miss Ingram, both you and little Adele had better leave quickly/immediately.

    To trot -> of an animal - to run at a moderate pace with quick steps. Here used figuratively.
     

    Barque

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    Tamil
    He's saying that Jane had said that if he married Miss Ingram, she (Jane) and Adele would have to leave the house immediately.

    Cross-posted.
     
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