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Summarization of the Story, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

There is no denying the fact that Jane Eyre is the story of an adolescent, orphaned girl reprehensibly, she’s named Jane Eyre who lives with her aunt and cousins, the Reeds, at Gateshead Hall. Similar to all nineteenth-century orphans, and suffice it to sa

There is no denying the fact that
Jane Eyreis the story of an adolescent, orphaned girl reprehensibly,
she’s named Jane Eyre who lives with her aunt and cousins, the Reeds, at
Gateshead Hall. Similar to all nineteenth-century orphans, and suffice it to
say that her position pretty much sucks. Mrs. Reed hates Jane and allows her
son John to torture the girl. Even the servants are continually reminding Jane
that she’s unfortunate and of no value. At the tender age of ten, Jane rises up
against this treatment and tells them allexactlywhat she thinks of them.
She’s punished by being locked in "the red room," the bedroom where
her uncle died, and she has a panic-stricken fit when she thinks his phantom is
appearing. After this incident, even not a soul knows what to do with her, so
they send her away to a spiritual boarding school for orphans known as Lowood
Institute.




At the sequential even, at Lowood, which is dashed bythe
hypocritical ogre Mr. Brocklehurst,
the students never have enough
to eat or warm clothes. However, Jane finds a pious friend, Helen Burns, and a
sympathetic teacher, Miss Temple. Under their influence, she becomes an
excellent student, learning all the little bits and pieces of culture that made
up a lady’s education in Victorian England: French, piano-playing, singing, and
drawing.


Unluckily, a pandemic of typhus breaks out at the school, and
Helen dies but of expenditure, not typhus. Jane remains at Lowood as a student
until she’s sixteen, and then as a teacher until she’s eighteen. When Miss
Temple leaves the school to get married, Jane gets a case ofdesire to traveland arranges to leave the school and
become a governess. The governess job that Jane accepts is to tutor a little French
girl, Adèle Varens, at a country house called Thornfield. Jane goes there
thinking that she’ll be working for a woman named Mrs. Fairfax, but Mrs.
Fairfax is just the housekeeper; the owner of the house is the mysterious Mr.
Rochester, and he's Adèle's guardian, although we’re not sure whether she’s his
daughter. Jane likes Thornfield, although not the third floor, where a strange
servant named Grace Poole works alone and Jane can hear eerie laughter coming
from a locked room.


Another incident occurs in one evening when Jane’s out for a walk, she meets a strange
man when his horse slips and he falls—of course, this is Mr. Rochester. Jane
and Rochester are immediately interested in each other. She likes the fact
thathe’s craggy,dark, and rough-looking
instead of smooth and classically handsome. She also likes his abrupt, almost
rude manners, which she thinks are easier to handle than polite flattery. He
likes her unusual strength and spirit and seems to find her almost unworldly;
he’s always comparing her to a fairy or an elf or a sprite. Afterwards, Rochester
speedily learns that he can rely on Jane in a crisis—one evening, Jane finds
Rochester asleep in his bed with the curtains and his bedclothes on fire, and
she puts out the flames and rescues him. Jane and Rochester have fascinating
conversations in the evenings and everything seems to be going really well…
until Rochester invites a bunch of his rich friends to stay at Thornfield,
including the beautiful Blanche Ingram. Rochester lets Blanche flirt with him
constantly in front of Jane to make her jealous and encourages rumors that he’s
engaged to Blanche. Don't worry, though it's really only Jane he wants.


Throughout the weeks-long house party, a man named Richard Mason shows up, and
Rochester seems afraid of him. At night, Mason sneaks up to the third floor and
somehow gets stabbed and bitten.Rochester asks
Jane to tend Richard Mason's wounds secretly while he fetches the doctor. The
next morning before the guests find out what happened, Rochester sneaks Mason
out of the house. Before Jane can discover more about the mysterious situation,
she gets a message that her Aunt Reed is very sick and is asking for her. Jane,
forgiving Mrs. Reed for mistreating her when she was a child, goes back to take
care of her dying aunt. When Jane returns to Thornfield, Blanche and her
friends are gone, and Jane realizes how attached she is to Mr. Rochester.
Although he lets her think for a little longer that he’s going to marry
Blanche, eventually Rochester stops teasing Jane and proposes to her. She
blissfully accepts.


Everything seems to be going great... until we notice that there’s still a
third of the book left. That means something bad is about to happen.


It's the day of Jane and Rochester's wedding. It should be the happiest day of
Jane's life, but during the church ceremony two men show up claiming that
Rochester isalready
married.Dum dum dummm.Rochester
admits that he is married to another woman, but tries to justify his attempt to
marry Jane by taking them all to see his wife. Mrs. Rochester is Bertha Mason,
the "madwoman in the attic" who tried to burn Rochester to death in
his bed, stabbed and bit her own brother (Richard Mason), and who’s been doing
other creepy things at night. Rochester was tricked into marrying Bertha
fifteen years ago in Jamaica by his father, who wanted him to marry for money
and didn't tell him that insanity ran in Bertha’s family. Rochester tried to
live with Bertha as husband and wife, but she was too horrible, so he locked her
up at Thornfield with a nursemaid, Grace Poole.


In the meantime, he traveled about Europe for ten years trying
to forget Bertha and keeping various mistresses. Adèle Varens (Jane's student)
is the daughter of one of these mistresses, though she may not be Rochester’s
daughter. Eventually he got tired of this lifestyle, came home to England, and
fell in love with Jane.


After clearing up all this, Rochester claims that he’s not really married
because his relationship with Bertha isn’t a real marriage. The main problem is
that he can’t divorce her (because it was pretty tough to get a divorce at all
in the Victorian period, and Bertha’s behavior isn’t grounds for a divorce,
since she’s mentally ill and therefore not responsible for her actions). He
wants Jane to go and live with him in France, where they can pretend to be a
married couple and act like husband and wife. Jane refuses to be his next
mistress and runs away before she’s tempted to agree. Jane travels in a random
direction away from Thornfield. Having no money, she almost starves to death
before being taken in by the Rivers family, who live at Moor House near a town
called Morton. The Rivers siblings—Diana, Mary, and St. John—are about Jane’s
age and well-educated, but somewhat poor. They take whole-heartedly to Jane,
who has taken the pseudonym "Jane Elliott" so that Mr. Rochester
can’t find her. Jane wants to earn her keep, so St. John arranges for her to
become the teacher in a village girls’ school.


When Jane’s uncle Mr. Eyre dies and leaves his fortune to his
niece, it turns out that the Rivers siblings are actually Jane’s cousins, and
she shares her inheritance with the other three. St. John, who is a
super-intense clergyman, wants to be more than Jane’s cousin (back when that
wasn't considered gross). He admires Jane’s work ethic and asks her to marry
him (how un-romantic), learn Hindustani, and go with him to India on a
long-term missionary trip. Jane is tempted because she thinks she’d be good at
it and that it would be an interesting life. Still, she refuses because she
knows she doesn’t love St. John. To top it off, St. John actually loves a
different a girl named Rosamond Oliver, but he won’t let himself admit it
because he thinks she would make a bad wife for a missionary. Jane offers to go
to India with him, but just as his cousin and co-worker, not as his wife. St.
John won't give up and keeps pressuring Jane to marry him. Just as she’s about
to give in, she supernaturally hears Mr. Rochester’s voice calling her name
from somewhere far away.


Subsequently morning, Jane leaves Moor House and goes back to
Thornfield to find out what’s going on with Mr. Rochester. She finds out that
Mr. Rochester searched for her everywhere and, when he couldn’t find her, sent
everyone else away from the house and shut himself up alone. After this, Bertha
set the house on fire one night and burned it to the ground. Rochester rescued
all the servants and tried to save Bertha, too, but she committed suicide and
he was injured. Now Rochester has lost an eye and a hand and is blind in the
remaining eye. Jane goes to Mr. Rochester and offers to take care of him as his
nurse or housekeeper. What she really hopes is that he'll ask her to marry
him—and he does. They have a quiet wedding, and after two years of marriage Rochester
gradually gets his sight back. St. John Rivers, meanwhile, goes to India alone
and works himself to death there over the course of several years.


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