the western sun gilding the sign of its decline on the wall

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Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 27) | Genius

Quotation: Some time in the afternoon I raised my head, and looking round and seeing the western sun gilding the sign of its decline on the wall, I asked, “What am I to do?”

But the answer my mind gave—“Leave Thornfield at once”—was so prompt, so dread, that I stopped my ears. I said I could not bear such words now.

Context: "I leaned my arms on a table, and my head dropped on them." (from chapter 26)
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Hi everyone! I mentally formed an image for the bold part, but I am not sure whether it's correct. My interpretation is as below. Is it correct?

to gild => 1: to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.

the idea => the western sun made a gold dish-like reflection on the wall. The reflection declined with the western sun, thus acting as the sigh of the sunset.
 
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