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Phyllis Bentley has argued that Jane Eyre is much more than ' a mere “ escape ”
romance ' because Jane does not enjoy a complete , unreal triumph ' ; she is left
with a half - blind husband . It would indeed be absurd to condemn Jane Eyre as
St John Rivers , is going to India as a missionary and decides Jane must
accompany him , and , though neither is in love with the other , marry him . Jane ,
with no interest in missions , agrees to go with him , but not as his wife . Rivers
insists on ...
The virtue of Caroline Helstone is that she is , as it were , a much more
generalized example of this , whereas Jane and Lucy Snowe are special cases .
All are in revolt against their circumstances , and they are in revolt as women .
This is the ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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