Adele is Rochester's ward and she stays at Thornfield under Rochester's instructions. Adele is described as not particularly bright and Jane gets frustrated with her, as Adele is more focused on fashion and true love rather than her studies. Adele is quite fanciful and does not take her studies seriously. Adele respects and loves Jane.
Blanche Ingram is Rochester's 'love interest' and arrives at Thornfield with the intention of marrying Rochester. Blanche is described as beautiful, clever and witty. It is through these traits that she attempts to woo Rochester and become Mrs Rochester of Thornfield. She does not love Rochester and only wants to marry him for his wealth and fortune. This makes her appear cold-hearted, vindictive and scheming.