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Although there is no time period stated in the book itself, it is thought that the period from Jane Eyre’s childhood to adulthood would have taken place during the Late-Georgian and Victorian periods of British history. The Victorian era is generally agreed to stretch through the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
Jane Eyre is an independant woman, and only once she is comfortable with herself and her status that she worked hard for does she settle down. Jane Eyre, in a sense, does conform to the ways of the social norm for Victorian women, but not in the ways one might think.
Jane Eyre, published in 1847, is therefore a Victorian construct, not only according to this convention, but because it is altogether Victorian in spirit, in the sense that it reflects the socio-historical-cultural standards of that age.
Adèle is Mr. Rochester’s ward and the daughter of Céline Varens. Céline was Rochester’s mistress during his time in France, but Rochester cut her off after discovering Céline cheating with another man. Céline claims Adèle is his daughter, but the truth of his paternity remains ambiguous.
Rochester. He says that Adèle is the daughter of a French opera-dancer, Céline Varens, with whom he had once enjoyed what he calls a “grande passion.” Mr. Rochester set up Céline Varens as his mistress but later discovered that he wasn’t her only paramour.
Rochester is described to be very ugly – a dark face, with stern features, a craggy face and a heavy brow. He is ‘pigeon-chested’ and he is around middle-age, 35 years or so. He has a shaggy ‘mane’ of black hair.
The “gipsy” fortune-teller, Mother Bunches, tells Blanche Ingram that Mr. Rochester, the man she hopes to marry for his money and his estate, isn’t as wealthy as she thinks he is.
Has Jane fully accepted the fact that she is to marry her beloved Rochester? No, she thinks “Mrs. In case her uncle decides to make her his heir, she will inherit some money and possibly be close to status with Rochester, making her feel more comfortable about the marriage.
Reed asks only for Jane on her deathbed. She is present moments before her aunt’s death and witnesses her in a brief spell of lucidity. In their exchange, Mrs. Reed, who admits that she treated Jane badly as a child, confesses she intentionally withheld correspondence from Jane’s paternal uncle out of spite.
Reed, Jane’s uncle, took her into his home after both of her parents died of typhus fever, but he soon died himself.
Reed, also known by her full name Sarah Reed (née Gibson), is the main antagonist of the classic novel Jane Eyre and the mother of John Reed, Eliza Reed, and Georgina Reed.
This is because her aunt has requested it and is on her death-bed. During this visit, Jane’s behaviour and perception of her aunt changes, as she forgives her aunt for her past behaviour and treatment.