Starting with this extract, analyse:
For the first part of the essay question, you must analyse how Brontë presents Jane's character and her principles in this extract. Look at the highlighted points below with some that you could write about in your answer. Remember to focus on Jane's character, her decisions and her principles.
Rochester has just revealed to Jane the truth about his marriage to Bertha. He has also shared his desire to live with Jane and declared his love for her.
As he said this, he released me from his clutch, and only looked at me. The look was far worse to resist than the frantic strain: (1) only an idiot, however, would have succumbed now. I had (2) dared and baffled his fury; I must elude his sorrow. I retired to the door.
"You are going, Jane?"
"I am going, sir."
"You are leaving me?"
"You will not come. You will not be my comforter, my rescuer? My deep love, my wild woe, my frantic prayer, are all nothing to you?"
What unutterable pathos was in his voice! How hard it was to reiterate (4) firmly, "I am going."
(5) "Mr Rochester!"
"Withdraw, then, - I consent; but remember, you leave me here in anguish. Go up to your own room; think over all I have said, and, Jane, cast a glance on my sufferings - think of me."
He turned away; he threw himself on the sofa. "Oh Jane! My hope - my love - my life!" broke in anguish from his lips. Then came a deep, strong sob.
I had already gained the door; but, reader, (6) I walked back - walked back as determinedly as I had retreated. I knelt down by him; I turned his face from the cushion to me; I kissed his cheek; I smoothed his hair with my hand.
(7) "God bless you, my dear master!" I said.