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Jane Eyre: Chapter 15
Transcript of Jane Eyre: Chapter 15
: Chapter 15
Justify why Jane now thinks of Adele more favorably.
What are Rochester's feelings towards Thornfield Hall?
What does Rochester's determination to find happiness reveal about his personality?
Assess how Mr. Rochester and Jane seem to become equals in social status in chapter 15.
Answer: Mr. Rochester enjoys Jane's company. He says, "I have a pleasure in owing you immense a debt" (132). The two converse over their past and how Jane has saved him.
Answer: Along with saving his life, Jane and Rochester grow closer when Rochester speaks about his past. Rochester trusts Jane with sensitive information, and enjoys her company. This near death experience has only brought them closer together.
Answer: Jane sees herself in young Adele. Like Jane, Adele is ultimately an orphan (of sorts). Jane hopes to become a mother figure for the young child.
Answer: Rochester enjoys life at Thornfield Hall. He likes "its antiquity, its retirement...its grey facade" (124). Although he shuns the house, he enjoys the atmosphere it creates. It is his safe haven.
Answer: This determination shows that Rochester intends to be a man of his word. He is stubborn and daring. He said he dared to live at Thornfield and "break obstacles to happiness" (125).
What is Rochester's attitude toward the fire and why does it seem strange?
Answer: Rochester "expressed more concern than astonishment" (130). He also doesn't want to alert anyone else of the incident. He wishes to keep it a secret, instead of make a big deal over it. This is strange because the typical response to almost being murdered is anger, panic, and the desire for revenge. Rochester brushes this off as a regular occurrence.
How does the fire recall the first meeting between Jane and Rochester?
Answer: Once again, Jane saves or helps Mr. Rochester. He is once again dependent on a woman, much like their first meeting. Jane is proving to be valuable company.
How does Jane react when she becomes aware that Rochester may care for her?
Answer: Jane begins thinking of marriage to Mr. Rochester. A breeze (the rules of society) drove her back to sensible thinking. Jane still longs for acceptance which most likely explains her hasty reaction to dream of marriage.