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Jane Eyre - What do you learn from Jane's arrival at Thornfield and her first meeting with Mr Rochester?

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Jane Eyre What do you learn from Jane's arrival at Thornfield and her first meeting with Mr Rochester? When Jane first arrives at Thornfield she is greeted by Mrs Fairfax, she receives a warm welcome and an inquiry into whether she is cold and a subsequent offer to warm by the fire. This something Jane is not used to, in the past at the Reed's house, Gateshead, and certainly at Lowood her reception had been quite cold and harsh. At Gateshead Jane was treated badly and received no love. Bessie the servant was the only person who even showed some sort of interest in her. In my opinion Bessie cared for Jane as her own, reading to her many times out of the books by the window seat. Of course the 'Reed' children were treated much more fairly and there was biases towards them, but this was down to Mrs Reed's dislike for Jane, which is stated later in the story just before she dies. In chapter three Jane has been in the red room as a punishment and when she comes out she has suffered greatly and needs to see a doctor. ...read more.

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She describes her as "the neatest imaginable little elderly lady." Which you see as quite a likeable and welcoming character. She then goes on to say "A more reassuring introduction for a new governess could scarcely be conceived." This shows the perfect setting for Jane at last, which is something she has not found truly before in her life. You can gain even more appreciation of her new setting by the way she describes her surroundings. "A cosy and agreeable picture presented itself to my view." Also the fire sets the background to Jane's sense of well being, finally a good place for Jane to settle. In the opening lines of this chapter "A new chapter in a novel is something like a new scene in a play," it is made clear that this is the start of a new phase in Jane's life. However one thing which does remain with Jane between all of the phases is the way in which she is strongly influenced by her surroundings as I have suggested at the beginning of this paragraph. ...read more.

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The freezing conditions at Lowood add to the misery and unhappiness there, in the same way that the storm in the orchard at Thornfield on the night of Rochester's proposal suggests a feeling of anxiety. Before meeting Mr Rochester Jane again forms her own impressions of him. This time listening to how Mrs Fairfax has been describing him in his absence. The first appearance of Rochester can be linked to supernatural images; this thought remains throughout the relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester and reinforces his mysterious and slightly dangerous edge, which Mrs Fairfax had always dwelled on. During her meeting with Rochester Jane sees that he is lit by the light of moon and not the sun which again adds to the mystery of his character. Another important point, which is greatly emphasised, is the dog's name, Pilot. This is so because he leads Rochester to Jane and provides the first idea of Rochester's identity to Jane. So during such a small portion of the novel we learn such a lot of the main plot and its offshoots, as I have shown in this essay. ...read more.

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