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discern
used in Jane Eyre

7 uses
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Definition
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
  • Rain, wind, and darkness filled the air; nevertheless, I dimly discerned a wall before me and a door open in it; through this door I passed with my new guide: she shut and locked it behind her.
    Chapter 5 (18% in)
  • How fragrant was the steam of the beverage, and the scent of the toast! of which, however, I, to my dismay (for I was beginning to be hungry) discerned only a very small portion: Miss Temple discerned it too.
    Chapter 8 (57% in)
  • How fragrant was the steam of the beverage, and the scent of the toast! of which, however, I, to my dismay (for I was beginning to be hungry) discerned only a very small portion: Miss Temple discerned it too.
    Chapter 8 (58% in)
  • I discerned in the course of the morning that Thornfield Hall was a changed place: no longer silent as a church, it echoed every hour or two to a knock at the door, or a clang of the bell; steps, too, often traversed the hall, and new voices spoke in different keys below; a rill from the outer world was flowing through it; it had a master: for my part, I liked it better.
    Chapter 13 (2% in)
  • "The glamour of inexperience is over your eyes," he answered; "and you see it through a charmed medium: you cannot discern that the gilding is slime and the silk draperies cobwebs; that the marble is sordid slate, and the polished woods mere refuse chips and scaly bark.
    Chapter 20 (71% in)
  • When — how — whither, I could not yet discern; but he himself, I doubted not, would hurry me from Thornfield.
    Chapter 26 (93% in)
  • I discerned he was now neither angry nor shocked at my audacity.
    Chapter 32 (64% in)

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