Classic Usage: After describing St. John’s sermonizing Jane has this to say, “I was sure St John Rivers – pure-lived, conscientious, zealous as he was – had not yet found that peace of God which passeth all understanding: he had no more found it, I thought, than had I with my concealed and racking regrets for my broken idol and lost elysium – regrets to which I have latterly avoided referring, but which possessed me and tyrannised over me ruthlessly.
Classically Mad Usage: This might be an argument for reading the pre-novel works first. Had I read more Greek mythology I probably would have known that the Elysium Fields were the dwelling place for the blessed after death. Although, “Elysium is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace . . . I wanna go there!” just doesn’t have the same ring.