As an orphan child, Jane Eyre lives with her aunt, Mrs Reed, at Gateshead Hall. She had painful experiences because of her low class. The Reeds admire Jane. After a quarrel with John, Mrs Reed’s son who enjoys bullying, Jane is forced into an isolated room where her uncle had died, where she senses a presence of what appears to be a ghost. Wings of birds flap over her, scaring her almost to death. It is an experience that hunts her confidence, composure and security throughout the novel. A doctor has to come in to revive her because she fainted before she was let out of the red house, as the room is called.
To enable her get a job, Jane finds herself in Lowood school where over six dozen girls ranging in age from nine to twenty years are constantly reminded that they are bound to the donors who pay partial costs for their schooling. The building is uninviting, inadequately furnished and presents a condition that requires great determination for success to be recorded. On completion of her studies, Jane is retained at Lowood as a teacher, but she feels urged to change to something else which made her to look for a job as a governess. She eventually gets employed by Mrs Fairfax of Thornfield as governess to Adele Varens, a ward of Edward Rochester, owner of the estate, who displays an attitude of arrogance, but his ability to keep his crazy wife gives him a little sense of modesty.
Jane’s stay in Thornfield goes on well that she eventually falls in love with Edward Rochester who equally thinks she can be his wife. Jane stays only about a year before she gets a call to return to Gateshead to attend to Mrs Reed who is dying. On her dying bed, Mrs Reed apologises to Jane for treating her with such unkindness against her late husband’s instruction that Jane should be treated as a full member of the family.
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