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maintain by its pungent aid that distance between you and myself
most conducive to our real mutual advantage.’ From less to more, I
worked him up to considerable irritation; then, after he had retired,
in dudgeon, quite to the other end of the room, I got up, and
saying, ‘I wish you good-night, sir,’ in my natural and wonted
respectful manner, I slipped out by the side-door and got away.
The system thus entered on, I pursued during the whole season of
probation; and with the best success. He was kept, to be sure,
rather cross and crusty; but on the whole I could see he was
excellently entertained, and that a lamb-like submission and turtle-
dove sensibility, while fostering his despotism more, would have
pleased his judgment, satisfied his common sense, and even suited
his taste less.

In other people’s presence I was, as formerly, deferential and quiet;
any other line of conduct being uncalled for: it was only in the
evening conferences I thus thwarted and afflicted him. He
continued to send for me punctually the moment the clock struck
seven; though when I appeared before him now, he had no such
honeyed terms as ‘love’ and ‘darling’ on his lips: the best words at
my service were ‘provoking puppet,’ ‘malicious elf,’ ‘sprite,’
‘changeling,’ etc. For caresses, too, I now got grimaces; for a
pressure of the hand, a pinch on the arm; for a kiss on the cheek, a
severe tweak of the ear. It was all right: at present I decidedly
preferred these fierce favours to anything more tender. Mrs.
Fairfax, I saw, approved me: her anxiety on my account vanished;
therefore I was certain I did well. Meantime, Mr. Rochester
affirmed I was wearing him to skin and bone, and threatened
awful vengeance for my present conduct at some period fast
coming. I laughed in my sleeve at his menaces. ‘I can keep you in
reasonable check now,’ I reflected; ‘and I don’t doubt to be able to
do it hereafter: if one expedient loses its virtue, another must be
devised.’ Yet after all my task was not an easy one; often I would
rather have pleased than teased him. My future husband was
becoming to me my whole world; and more than the world: almost
my hope of heaven. He stood between me and every thought of
religion, as an eclipse intervenes between man and the broad sun. I
could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had
made an idol.
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