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Would a reader of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea miss anything essential without knowing about Jane Eyre?

Yes, a reader of Wide Sargasso Sea who is unaware of its connection to Jane Eyre is pretty much guaranteed to have missed the entire point of the novel. Jane Eyre is so iconic that Rhys could simply ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

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. ...
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Would a reader of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea miss anything essential without knowing about Jane Eyre?

There is no consensus among critics about whether Wide Sargasso Sea stands on its own or not. For example, Francis Wyndham wrote in his introduction to the first edition (1966): For many years, ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

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 ...
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Meaning of ché in several French or Martiniquan Creole phrases in Wide Sargasso Sea

Confiant has the following entries under ‘chè’ (and nothing under ‘che’ or ‘ché’): chè 1 cher, coûteux chè 2 cher(e), chéri(e), mon (ma) cher(e) Raphaël Confiant (2007). Dictionnaire du créole ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

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 ...
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