I have a question for which I hope to get an answer from a professional. My question is: why is there no pronoun in the following sentence in Charolotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Chapter XXIV?

Here is a talisman will remove all difficulties.

I have seen such sentence constructions a few times, and wonder why it omits the relative pronoun "that" (in other words, why does the author not say "Here is a talisman that will remove all difficulties")?


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The construction is vaguely familiar to me living in Scotland. On searching (with some difficulty) I find similar examples in:


Page 82
Dear mother, here is a sight will make thee well again

The Spartan Dame, 1721
Page 66

This is a sight will make me old indeed

These examples, and others, are quite old, suggesting an archaism that might be based on a simple ellipsis, omitting that. Not unreasonable, as the juxtaposition of noun and future verb makes unambiguously clear the connection of the two.

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