And just when we were getting used to him, off he goes. And he doesn't even have the courtesy to tell Jane he's leaving. Perhaps, as much as she "wanted to hear his voice again, yet feared to meet his eye" (p. 182), so he was also worried about how to react to her the next morning? He as good as told her he's falling in love with her, and maybe now he's worrying about what will happen next. Still, as a devotee of plans, I find his zipping around on a whim to be both inconsiderate and incomprehensible.
Jane's pretty spunky in that whole interview with Grace Poole, huh? I mean, she suspects this is a potential murderess, and she gets all snippy and almost accusatory toward her.
And remember how vexed Jane was with Mrs. Fairfax for not knowing how to describe Mr. Rochester? That worthy lady has no such problem describing Blanche Ingram as she appeared six or seven years ago. Either Mrs. Fairfax pays WAY more attention to frippery and finery, or this is just a super convenient way for Bronte to make Miss Ingram sound ultra-desirable before she ever arrives on the scene. I must admit I lean toward the latter.
I knew the pleasure of vexing and soothing him by turns; it was one I chiefly delighted in, and a sure instinct always prevented me from going too far (p. 187).
"Order! No snivel! no sentiment! no regret! I will endure only sense and resolution (p. 191).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Those of you who are also familiar with Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, do you think Jane Eyre and Elinor Dashwood would get along well?
What do you think of Jane's little plan to use artwork to convince herself of the unsuitability of falling in love with Mr. Rochester? Is it plausible that it works so well for her?