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This is an extract from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Finally, at five o’clock, the students disperse, and Jane collapses to the floor. Deeply mortified, she is sure that her reputation at Lowood has been ruined, but Helen, her friend and co-learner at the institute, assures her that most of the girls felt more pity for Jane than loathing at her unproven fraudulence. Jane informs Miss Temple that she is not a liar, and narrates the story of her grief-stricken childhood at Gateshead. Miss Temple believes Jane and writes to Mr. Lloyd requesting validation of Jane’s account of events. Miss Temple offers Jane and Helen tea and seed cake, endearing herself even further to Jane. When Mr. Lloyd’s letter arrives and upholds Jane’s story, Miss Temple declares Jane to be innocent in front of the entire school. Comforted and relaxed, Jane dedicates herself to her studies.
Textbook Exercise Solutions
- Jane was miserable as Mr Brocklehurst had told the entire school that she was ungrateful and had the habit of telling lies.
- Helen Burns came to console Jane.
- Helen brought coffee and bread for Jane.
- Miss Temple came to see Jane on purpose. She knew that Jane was upset after what Mr Brocklehurst had said about her in the class.
- Mrs Reed had fed Mr Brocklehurst with wrong things about Jane’s behaviour. She had told him that the girl was not only ungrateful but also told lies.
- Mrs Reed was supposed to take care of Jane as she was her Jane’s wife. And since the uncle was dead, he left her to Mrs Reed’s care.
- a. Jane Eyre is the speaker.
b. Helen Burns is her friend and another pupil in the school.
c. The speaker said ‘nothing sustained me’ as she was overwhelmed with her grief. She was feeling
extremely sad because of what Mr Brocklehurst had said about her to others.
d. ‘Abandon myself’ here means that she was allowing the sorrow to overwhelm her.
- a. Jane was mistaken about herself. After what Mr Brocklehurst had told everyone about her, she
thought that everyone would despise here and dislike her.
b. The speaker is Helen Burns.
c. The speaker thought that people in the school pitied Jane as everyone knew about Mr
Brocklehurst’s attitude and behaviour. So when he accused Jane about being ungrateful and
telling lies, everyone pitied Jane for the same.
d. The speaker is talking about the Lowood school.
- a. ‘She’ is Miss Temple here.
b. The speaker means that she understands the position of Jane and all that she had been accused
of by Mr Brocklehurst in the school that day. It meant that Miss temple did not give in to what
Mr Brocklehurst said about her.
c. She told Miss Temple the story of her sad childhood and stated her state of affairs while she
was with Mrs Reed, her aunt.
d. Helen was unwell as she had cough and pain in her chest.
1. Jane felt awful and extremely sad. She was overwhelmed with grief over what Mr. Brocklehurst had mentioned about her in front of everyone in the school that day. Grief and agony had seized her and she wept profusely. She sank prostrate with face on the ground and felt terrible.
2. Jane worried about people’s opinion about her. Various instances from the text proves this. When Mr. Brocklehurst accuses her of being ungrateful and telling lies, she is worried about her reputation at school and how the other fellow pupils and teachers would think about her. She thinks after that episode everyone would despise and dislike her. For example: ‘Helen, why do you stay with a girl whom everybody believes to be a liar?’; ‘The eighty, I know, despise me.’; ‘How can they pity me after what Mr. Brocklehurst has said?’; ‘…I cannot bear to be solitary and hated. To gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other woman I truly love, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken or to let a bull toss me, or…’
3. Helen told Jane that Mr. Brocklehurst was not liked at the Lowood institution by anyone. If he had treated her as his favourite she would have enemies all around her. She agreed that Mr. Brocklehurst had weakly and pompously repeated second-hand information from Mrs. Reed and declared her to be ungrateful and a liar in front of the entire school.
4. When Helen explained to Jane that Mr. Brocklehurst was not liked by anyone at the Lowood institution. Despite his mentioning that she was ungrateful and a liar, teachers and pupils had friendly feelings concealed for her in their hearts. Besides, he was under the influence of Mrs. Reed and had weakly and pompously repeated what Mrs. Reed had told him about Jane.
5. Miss Temple had kind attitude towards Jane. She came to check upon her and console her. She even took her and Helen to her quarters and made them comfortable. She even agreed to hear Jane’s side of story knowing that she had been charged with falsehood. She gave her a chance to defend for herself. She appears a liberal, kind-hearted woman concerned about the well-being of her pupils.
6. While narrating her story, Jane resolved in the depth of her heart that she would be moderate and most correct. She was mindful of what Helen had mentioned about indulgence of resentment and without sounding biased or adding her woes, bitterness and sad feelings narrated her story about her sad childhood.
7. Jane told Miss Temple that Mrs. Reed was his uncle’s wife and was her caretaker as her uncle was dead. She had not adopted Jane happily and had only done so as her uncle had made her promise to take care of Jane after he was gone.
8. Miss Temple announced that an inquiry had been made into the charges alleged against Jane and that’s he was happy to pronounce her completely clear from every charge.
9. Jane did not dream of food that night as she was relaxed and excited, rather happy that she had been cleared of the charges against her. Since her mind was at ease, she focused on the possibility of translating the French story which Madame Pierrot had shown her that day.
10. Write for yourself.
- am preparing
- are quarrelling
- have won
- has swept
- has been reading
- has been playing
- has been saying
- have been working