I really hate this chapter. This chapter is why I often skip straight to chapter 11 when I only have time to re-read "the Good Parts Version" of my favorite novel.
I really relate with Jane when she says that "[t]he fear of failure in these points harassed me worse than the physical hardships of my lot" (p. 72). I fear failure more than just about anything. I know a lot of people fear public speaking, but I fear it only because I'm afraid I'll fail at it.
Anyway, yikes, Lowood is horrible. Cold and hungry children are NOT going to learn patience and hardiness. They're going to learn to do whatever is necessary to relieve those conditions -- witness the older girls bullying the younger ones in order to get a little more food.
Then Mr. Brocklehurst pontificates about how awful Jane is, drawing out the revelation of just what her iniquity is in an almost laughable manner. Once he pronounces her a liar, there "came a pause of ten minutes" (p. 80). This made me chuckle, because I think Jane means it felt like ten minutes, but surely it didn't really last that long?
Possible Discussion Question:
When Jane breaks her slate, Miss Temple seeks to reassure her, and Jane says her teacher's "kind whisper went to my heart like a dagger" (p. 79). Why do you think that act of kindness hurt Jane, but Helen Burns smiling at her was a comfort?