20 new words from Jane Eyre

I’ve just finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë today. I discovered it on my phone bundled with the reader app. Such high-quality writing I can only gently aspire to. It was hard to put down. I found myself dipping into it anytime I had a spare moment, over breakfast, during my lunch break, before bed. Any time I could avail myself to the rich and engrossing tale of Jane Eyre.

I loved reading it, and you may well too. It’s a self-evident classic. After a few chapters I looked it up online, which got me up to speed with it’s place in the canon. I’m certain I’ll come back and read it again in time.

Here’s 20 new words I found in the course of the tale:


A loss of consciousness when someone faints, a swoon


Shortened form of ‘dreary’


A thicket of small trees or shrubs


To heal a wound through scarring (by causing a scar or cicatrix to form)


A fabric made from silk, wool or cotton dyed black


A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff


The art of telling fortunes by inspection of the face


To scold, rebuke


Aid, assistance or relief given to one in distress


A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement


Ambitious or competitive


Alone, sole, only, by oneself with no others around


Pertaining to the forest or woodlands


The quality of making rash or arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive manner


A sexually promiscuous woman, prostitute.


Of something that occurs once a week


To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct


A critical remark


A total coward


Cruel or savage


My favourites are sylvan, hebdomadal and expostulate


3 thoughts on “20 new words from Jane Eyre

    • Yeah Physiognomy is a good one. I haven’t read a lot of Victorian literature really, Alice in Wonderland and now Jane Eyre are the only two from that period. I started reading A Tale of Two Cities, but so far it hasn’t “drawn me in” like Jane Eyre did.

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      • It isn’t my favourite literature, I’ve had to study it a lot though. But the use of interesting and obscure words is definitely my favourite part!


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