Jarred (verb) –  to have a harshly unpleasant or perturbing effect on one’s nerves,feelings, thoughts, etc.

This was written in “The Cottagette” towards the end of the story. P.50

“When you took to cooking it jarred me. I have been a cook, I tell you, and I know what it is. I hated it–to see my wood-flower in a kitchen.”

In this statement, Ford Mathews means that he did not like see his soon to be fiancée working in the kitchen. He knew how it feel to work in the kitchen so hurts to put Malda through that predicament.

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