It was the fifteenth of January, about nine o’clock in the morning: Bessie was gone down to breakfast; my cousins had not yet been summoned to their mama; Eliza was putting on her bonnet and warm garden-coat to go and feed her poultry, an occupation of which she was fond: and not less so of selling the eggs to the housekeeper and hoarding up the money she thus obtained.
(Jane Eyre)

What does so indicate? What's the part of speech of it?

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It is an adverb meaning ‘to that extent; in that degree’. It is used here to show that she was just as fond of selling the eggs as she was of feeding the poultry.

  • If 'so' is an adjective and indicate 'fond,' I can understand easy why 'so' followed by preposition 'of.': even if 'so' is an adverb, it can be followed by 'of'?
    – Listenever
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 9:16
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    Fond is retrievable from the previous clause. Since fond has to be followed by of in this context, of is needed before selling. Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 9:28
  • Now i understand why you say the word, adverb. Thank you very much.
    – Listenever
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 9:52

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