One of the things I've always liked best about Jane Eyre is how non-compliant she is. That may be a horrible thing, but I myself am not at all a compliant person, and so from the first time I read this book, I identified with that aspect of Jane's personality very strongly.
The whole part where Jane returns to Thornfield really hit my emotions this time, especially when she said that she "had never experienced the sensation" of returning home before (p. 283).
Does it ever bug you when old books like this don't give names for towns or even counties? Like here, where Bronte rights, "The evening arrival at the great town of ---------------- scattered these thoughts" (p. 284). For some reason, that always annoys me. I want to know WHAT town they're talking about, even if it's a made-up place.
I really love how Jane thought for a moment that Mr. Rochester was a ghost, and felt "every nerve I have is unstrung" (p. 285) because it so clearly echoes their first meeting, when he accused her of bewitching his horse.
Also, I love that he here nicknames her Janet. It's so small a thing, but so sweet, and I like how it shows his regard for her without an outright declaration.
But what is so headstrong as youth -- what so blind as inexperience? (p. 285)
His last words were balm. They seemed to imply that it imported something to him whether I forgot him or not (p. 287).
"Pass, Janet," said he, making room for me to cross the stile; "go up home, and stay your weary little wandering feet at a friend's threshold" (p. 287).
...there is no happiness like that of being loved by our fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort (p. 288).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Why do you suppose Bronte switches to the present tense for a few paragraphs when Jane first sees Mr. Rochester again?