Jane Eyre

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The Floating Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Fiction - 832 pages
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Jane Eyre is raised in her aunt's house after the death of her parents. Her aunt cannot stand the queer, quiet child and sends her off to a spartan boarding school where she is severely mistreated. She survives, however, and eventually finds herself a situation as a governess in the household of Edward Rochester. She and Rochester fall passionately in love, in one of the great literary love stories. But a dark secret in his house will tear them apart and send her alone into the wilderness before she can find her way back to him.
 

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Contents

Chapter XX
423
Chapter XXI
455
Chapter XXII
499
Chapter XXIII
512
Chapter XXIV
534
Chapter XXV
571
Chapter XXVI
596
Chapter XXVII
618

Chapter VII
122
Chapter VIII
139
Chapter IX
154
Chapter X
170
Chapter XI
191
Chapter XII
222
Chapter XIII
242
Chapter XIV
265
Chapter XV
290
Chapter XVI
313
Chapter XVII
332
Chapter XVIII
371
Chapter XIX
400
Chapter XXVIII
668
Chapter XXIX
702
Chapter XXX
726
Chapter XXXI
745
Chapter XXXII
760
Chapter XXXIII
782
Chapter XXXIV
809
Chapter XXXV
853
Chapter XXXVI
875
Chapter XXXVII
894
Chapter XXXVIII Conclusion
937
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Charlotte Bronte, the third of six children, was born April 21, 1816, to the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte in Yorkshire, England. Along with her sisters, Emily and Anne, she produced some of the most impressive writings of the 19th century. The Brontes lived in a time when women used pseudonyms to conceal their female identity, hence Bronte's pseudonym, Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was only five when her mother died of cancer. In 1824, she and three of her sisters attended the Clergy Daughter's School in Cowan Bridge. The inspiration for the Lowood School in the classic Jane Eyre was formed by Bronte's experiences at the Clergy Daughter's School. Her two older sisters died of consumption because of the malnutrition and harsh treatment they suffered at the school. Charlotte and Emily Bronte returned home after the tragedy. The Bronte sisters fueled each other's creativity throughout their lives. As young children, they wrote long stories together about a complex imaginary kingdom they created from a set of wooden soldiers. In 1846, Charlotte Bronte, with her sisters Emily and Anne published a thin volume titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In the same year, Charlotte Bronte attempted to publish her novel, The Professor, but was rejected. One year later, she published Jane Eyre, which was instantly well received. Charlotte Bronte's life was touched by tragedy many times. Despite several proposals of marriage, she did not accept an offer until 1854 when she married the Reverend A. B. Nicholls. One year later, at the age of 39, she died of pneumonia while she was pregnant. Her previously rejected novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857.

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