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Is this peculiarity specific to Brontë, or a wider convention? It's most definitely a wider convention. There are hundreds of books from the same era - not only in English literature; Dostoevsky did it too - which obscure place names, personal names, or even dates in this way. And it seems there are almost as many different reasons for doing so: the more I ...


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TL;DR: Nine years. Timeline The timeline of events relating to Bertha’s imprisonment is (approximately) as follows, relative to the year Y in which Jane arrives at Thornfield Hall: Y−14 — Mr. Rochester marries Bertha Mason Y−13 to Y−11 — Mr. Rochester’s brother dies Y−10 — Mr. Rochester’s father dies Y−9 — Mr. Rochester moves to Thornfield Hall, imprisons ...


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Thank you for your question. So, from what I have understood from your question, you are questioning the incipient feminist tendencies of the eponymous heroine as her matrimony in the end problematizes her individuality and autonomy which she upholds throughout the narrative. In order to present my case, I would like to expand the scope of our study by ...


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I have a few details to add to the existing answer. Bertha had been in the attic for around 10 years. This can start to be worked out from the date given at Rochester and Jane's attempted marriage by Briggs who announces the impediment of a previous marriage: I affirm and can prove that on the 20th of October A.D. (a date fifteen years back) Ch. ...


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Assuming Rochester’s account to be honest, I think we can reconstruct his reasoning from the details that he included. When Céline arrived at her hotel late that night, she was wrapped in a cloak, which Rochester interpreted as an attempted disguise: “The carriage stopped, as I had expected, at the hotel door; my flame (that is the very word for an opera ...


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None of the quoted interpretations has quite got the meaning of this passage. The context of this quote is that Jane has just been humiliated by Mr Brocklehurst in front of the whole school for accidentally dropping and breaking her slate. She believes that everyone despises her: “Helen, why do you stay with a girl whom everybody believes to be a liar?” ...


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There are two ways to read this passage: we can take Crimsworth’s claims about Frances’ devoir at face value, and deduce his preferred model of prose style; or we can treat his claims with skepticism, and uncover what he ironically reveals about his attitude towards Frances. Face value Crimsworth’s criticism that “the style stood in great need of polish ...


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Gareth Rees's answer is correct (he just beat me to it :-)), showing how Mr Rochester's story indicates his lover's infidelity as clearly as it could be without him actually finding them in flagrante delicto. However, since your question seems to be casting doubt on Mr Rochester's status as a reliable narrator, I thought it would be interesting to examine ...


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The two answers that have been posted so far are exclusively based on Jane Eyre. An Autobiography and assume that that story's narrator is reliable. Of course, one may well ask to what extent her account of her husband's past can be relied upon, since she does not condemn the cruelty of his imprisonment of his first wife. In Chapter XXVI, Richard Mason's ...


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