So much foreboding in, with, and under the happiness.
Jane wakes up feeling like his proposal was a dream. His pronouncement that she will be Jane Rochester strikes with something akin to fear. She's convinced that "Human beings never enjoy complete happiness in this world" (p. 302). And his insistence on telling her she is beautiful makes her uneasy.
Speaking of which... do you just want to take Rochester aside and tell him to stop treating her like a new toy, already? Cuz I do.
In other news, Rochester is familiar enough with Hamlet to semi-quote it. He says, "I lay that pleasant unction to my soul" (p. 307), which of course refers to Hamlet telling his mother to "lay not that flattering unction to your soul That not your trespass but my madness speaks" (III, 4). It's a telling reference, isn't it? Hamlet is warning his mother not to lie to herself that the guilt she's feeling is due to his madness and not her own conscience accusing her. Mr. Rochester's conscience must be bothering him, don't you think, that he uses that particular phrase?
By the way, that song Rochester sings... if you feel like wow, it just fits this whole situation so perfectly! Yeah, Bronte wrote it, this wasn't a popular song or anything.
And then we have a bit more foreshadowing, with Jane admitting that she was so wrapped up in Mr. Rochester that she basically worshiped him. To quote Hamlet myself, "it cannot come to good" (I, 2).
Nature must be gladsome when I was so happy (p. 301).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Jane says, "I like rudeness a great deal better than flattery" (p. 306). What does that tell us about Jane?
Why does Jane object so much to Mr. Rochester showering her with gifts?