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  Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte  
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is a semi-autobiographical account of an orphaned girl reluctantly brought up by her cruel relatives. It follows Jane's journey to the unsavoury charity school of Lowood where the conditions are so harsh that Jane's best friend Helen Burns dies of consumption. After 8 years there, Jane accepts a position as governess to Adele, the ward of the mysterious Mr Rochester. Rochester, drawn to her intellect, proposes to Jane. On their wedding day, the truth about Rochester's first wife emerges. She has gone mad and Rochester has imprisoned her on the third floor of his home, Thornfield. Jane runs away from the potential bigamist, Rochester, but is unable to forget him.

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