Jane is left to her uncle Mr Reed to be taken care of when her parents die. But when Mr Reed dies Jane is left with Mrs Reed and the children at Gateshead Hall.
She is treated differently to Mrs Reeds own children, she is seen as a naughty child, not meant to be there. She is treated accordingly: gets beaten and locked up if she is not prepared to act as less than a servant- which is how they look upon Jane, Jane is treated very cruelly, she is very unhappy at Gateshead. The maid, Bessie, cares for Jane as far as she is allowed to by her mistress, Mrs Reed.
When one day she is knocked down by Mrs Reeds son, and when she is unjustly locked up in the red room, she sees ghosts because she knows her uncle died in this room, and faints. She becomes sick and depressed , which is why the doctor comes to see her. She tells him she is very unhappy, and he talks with her about going to school. Jane likes that idea, and apparently so does Mrs Reed, because a while later Mr Brocklehurst comes to see her about this. He is the treasurer of a strict girls school quite far away that Jane will be sent to. Mrs Reed demands that Jane be brought up some discipline and that the teachers be warned about Jane. Before Jane leaves for school, she tells Mrs Reed how she feels about the way she has been treated: she says she will never dislike anyone more than Mrs Reed and says that she will never see her as her aunt. The only person Jane is sad to leave is Bessie.
Once at Lowood school, Jane struggles in trying to adjust to the unsatisfactory food, new rules and tasks. Jane is helped by a teacher called Mrs Temple and makes friends with Helen, whom she admires for the way she stays calm when she is accused of something in stead of explaining her innocence.
One afternoon as Jane is sitting amongst many girls she spots Mr Brocklehurst in the crowd. When he notices her he asks her to come forward and he placers her on the highest stool so everyone could see her. He says everyone should be warned for her, for she is not a member of the true flock, teachers should watch her, scrutinise her actions and punish her.
Jane Eyre is a liar, he had been informed on this by Mrs Reed.
Mts Temple asks Jane to explain to her why all that was said by Mr Brocklehurst was not true, and when Jane can defend herself, Mrs Temple believes this and writes to the doctor that visited Jane at Gateshead when she was sick to confirm this. Later she tells this in front of the whole school. Jane makes a fresh start at school, works hard and is a good student. Helen gets very ill and dies with Jane lying beside her.
When Jane finishes her school she becomes a teacher, she does this for two years in which she becomes friends with Mrs Temple, but wants to see the world outside and becomes a teacher for a little French girl named Adele.
When Jane is received by Mrs Fairfax, she is shown around the house and hears a strange laugh, she is told it is Grace Poole. Mrs Fairfax is a friendly lady who tries to make Jane feel at home.
Jane enjoys teaching Adele, and when one day she goes to the village she finds a man who has fallen off his horse, when Janwe helps him up, he tells her his name is Mr Edward Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Hall, where Jane is staying.
Mr Rochester often calls for Jane in the evening when they have long talks by the fireplace.
Mr Rochester explains that Adele is the daughter of a French dancer who claims that he is the father. They talk about life, and Mr Rochester is fascinated by the wise, well-thought about and modest words of Jane. Jane, too finds she longs for the evenings by the fireplace.
When Mr Rochester has a group of guests staying at Thornfield, who are not very friendly to Jane because they see her as ëlessí, one of which is the beautiful Miss Ingram, whom Mrs Fairfax had mentioned may have a relationship with Mr Rochester. She is watched closely by Jane but Jane comes to the conclusion that she could never charm him.
One night Jane is awakened by the same horrible laugh that was said to be Grace Poole, and when she goes to see who it was, she is just in time to wake Mr Rochester so he can escape from the fire in his room.
Another night she hears someone shouting for help in the house, and a while later Mr Rochester comes to ask Jane if she will help him. In a room she had never seen before there sat a certain Mr Mason with deep wounds. Whilst Mr Rochester fetches a surgeon, Jane is to sponge the wounds. Jane hears snarls and the same nasty laugh coming from the next room, which frighten her, they seem to be of some sort of beast.
A few days later Jane is called to Gateshead because Mrs Reed is very ill. Jane goes to her aunt and finds her attitude towards Jane’s not changed. Mrs Reed confesses she got a letter from Janeís uncle in Madeira a long time ago, asking Janeís address and also if Jane would like to come and live with him. Mrs Reed had answered the letter saying Jane Eyre had died . When Mrs Reed is dead, Jane returns to Thornfield.
Mr Rochester tells Jane he is planning to marry. He asks Jane to become his wife. Jane wants nothing more and writes to her uncle for financial help so she will not become dependant of Mr Rochester.
A while before the wedding, when the dresses have been bought and arrangements made foe a private wedding, Jane wakes up in bed watching a woman cutting her veil into pieces above her. As she cannot see the woman’sí face, it stays a mystery. As Jane is walking up the aisle, she sees two men sitting in the church benches, one of which she recognises as Mr Mason. She finds out why they are there when they object to the marriage because they claim that Mr Rochester is already married.
Jane is devastated. Mr Rochester explains to her that he was trapped into marrying a mad woman, named Bertha Mason, in Jamaica. Bertha Mason also lives at Thornfield, she is who the laughs belong to and she is the beast. Sometimes she breaks out of her room where she is kept in isolation and manages to do frightening things. Mr Mason had heard of the planned marriage by Janeís uncle, who told Mr Mason to prevent the marriage.
Jane has an inward struggle as to whether she should leave Thornfield or not, Mr Rochester wants her to stay with him but Jane knew it would be wrong, her moral principles forbade hert to stay- she has to resist the temptation. That night Jane leaves the house secretly. She is taken far away by coach, this meaning the end of her money. She asks people for food, a job, and money, but no one will help her. One stormy night when she is very weak and almost starving, her last hope is a house, where the servant refuses to take her into the house. But when the master, Rev. St John Rivers, sees the state she is in, together with his two sisters, Diana and Mary, he decides to look after her. Jane is well taken care of, and when she has recovered, she tells them her name is Jane Elliot.
Jane is treated well, and gets along with the two sisters well. When the house has to be sold because of some financial problems. St John offers her a job as schoolteacher in Morton, at a small village school for girls. Jane accepts this right away and gets along with the pupils well. When St John finds out that her real name is Jane Eyre, he tells her that she has inherited a fortune from her uncle. Jane also finds out that St John, Diana and marry are her cousins, so modestly she divides the inherited sum amongst the four of them. She also cleans down and refurnishes the old house where, once, she was taken in hopelessly. St John is planning to leave for India as a missionary, and he asks her to accompany him as his wife. Jane thinks about this but knows she cannot be his wife, even though St John feels she will be a good missionary and says it is her duty to go with him. Jane nearly gives in, but then one night she hears Mr Rochester calling her. She decides not to ignore this sign and goes back to Thornfield Hall, only to find a heap of crumbled stone. She hears that a mad woman had set the house on fire and Mr Rochester in vain had tried to save this lunatic, his wife, and got himself blind and one hand less. His wife was killed jumping off the roof.
Jane immediately goes to Ferndean, where Mr Rochester is now staying, and cares for him. The two are very happy and soon marry. Mr Rochester recovers the sight of one eye so that he can now see his wife and son.
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