The following is an excerpt from the novel, Jane Eyre. I don't quite understand the meaning of the italicized sentence. Would someone please enlighten me on that?
"It is a long way to Ireland, Janet, and I am sorry to send my little friend on such weary travels: but if I can't do better, how is it to be helped? Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane?
I could risk no sort of answer to by this time: my heart was still.
"Because," he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you — especially when you are near me, as now; ...