[The interest you cherish] is lawless and unconsecrated

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 35) | Genius

Quotation: “I know where your heart turns and to what it clings. The interest you cherish is lawless and unconsecrated. Long since you ought to have crushed it: now you should blush to allude to it. You think of Mr. Rochester?” (said St. John)

Context: Jane had said “Moreover, before I definitively resolve on quitting England, I will know for certain whether I cannot be of greater use by remaining in it than by leaving it”.
Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I think “interest” means “a feeling of having one's attention attracted by something”. But “The interest you cherish” doesn’t clear enough to me.

So I try make it clearer as “what/who you are interested is lawless…”. Is it correct?
  • Loob

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    English UK
    Hi Irelia

    I'd say that "interest" here means something like emotional attachment.


    Yes, that's right. Interest here is used to mean (WR dictionary): a cause, etc., in which a person has a concern. In this case, it's her attraction to Rochester.

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