Jane Eyre: Volume 2, Chapter 10-Volume 3, Chapter 4

Tomorrow may be a snow day (I’m really glad I don’t have to sit through my 3 hour biology lab), but for some reason I feel like keeping up with homework.  Weird right?  What’s gotten into me?  Consequently, you get to read more of my thoughts on Jane Eyre.  Enjoy.

I finally see the display of affection I’ve been looking for – the one that makes it obvious Jane and Rochester are in love.  I knew their love for each other was there, I just had trouble picking up on it for some reason.  Anyway, the night before the wedding, Jane’s nerves started to get to her.  She anxiously waits up for Rochester to return home from his business trip.  When both of them finally go to bed, Jane has a nightmare:  a purple, demon looking woman approaches her, rips her bridal veil off of her head, rips it in half, and tramples it into the floor.

When Jane tells Rochester about her dream the next day, he is quick to tell her it’s nothing – just her brain playing tricks on her.  But Jane isn’t so sure – when she wakes up, she sees the veil torn in half on the floor.  At first, I thought it was just a nightmare like Rochester said.  But the veil actually being torn up on the floor – that’s just creepy.  There’s more to the situation.

Later that morning, Jane and Rochester go to the church to get married.  What happens next is the mother of all plot twists – the huge one that no one would ever imagine.  Someone comes forward from the back of the church to object to the marriage.  It’s none other than Mason, Rochester’s friend from the West Indies.  His reason?  Rochester is actually already married to his sister, and while she is still alive, he can’t remarry.  At first, Rochester denies this, saying he has never been married before.  But then he takes his words back, admitting that he had been married 15 years ago.  This doesn’t really make sense to me – why didn’t Rochester just tell the truth to begin with?  It would make things so much easier.

The marriage aborted, Rochester and company head back to Thornfield.  Upon entering the house, Rochester leads everyone upstairs to the room his wife is in, Grace Poole tending to her around the clock.  No, Grace isn’t the creepy one, even though she seemed the most likely of the characters.  Jane comes face to face with the demon-woman from her dream again – she is exactly the same, right down to her color. Rochester restrains his “wife” – I’m still not sure what to make of these events – to prevent her from harming the others.

Jane retreats to her room, understandably hurt.  I mean, really, how would you feel if you loved someone so much you were about to marry them, only to find out he has another wife?  This isn’t Sister Wives on TLC people.  Jane realizes she must leave both Rochester and Thornfield behind.

Rochester makes one last ditch effort to get Jane to stay.  He tells her everything about his past and his wife.  Still, Jane feels she cannot stay with him.  She takes a carriage as far as Whitcross, and from there she is forced to beg in the streets.  Nearly too weak to go any farther, she encounters the hospitality of the Rivers family.  When she is restored to health, they offer her a teaching position at a school they are opening.

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