Blanche Ingram

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Blanche ingram although a minor character plays a very important role in the novel Jane Eyre. Blanche was the daughter of one of Edward Rochester’s distant neighbors. She was a socially high class woman, a socialite whom Rochester courted in order to make jane jealous. Blanche ingram is first introduced in the novel by mrs.fairfax. it is her description about blanche’s beauty which creates a curiosity in the mind of jane as well as the readers.mrs Fairfax describes blanche to be the most beautiful woman. She describes her as chapter 16 page 139 “tall,fine bust, sloping shoulders long graceful neck :olive complexion,dark and clear ,noble features,eyes rather like mr Rochester :large and black and as brilliant as her jewels.and then she had such a fine head of hair;raven black and so becomingly arranged:a crown of thick plaits behind and in front the longest ,the glossiest curls I ever saw.she was dressed in pure white;an amber colored scarf was passed over her shoulder and across her breast tide at the side and descending in long, fringed ends below her knee.” According to mrs.fairfax blanche is a very well accomplished girl who is greatly admired not only for her beauty but also for her skills such as music and singing. All this description in terms of her physical appearance turns out to be true when blanche visits thornfield as a part of rochester’s large visiting party. Shortly after the visit jane is convinced that the haughty miss ingram would be a poor match for mr. Rochester but she believes that he prefers blanche’s attractive appearance to her own plainness. Therefore jane regarded blanche with a special share of interest and opened in her a careful observer chapter 17 page 150”I regarded her of course with special interest .first I wished to see if her appearance accorded with mrs. Fairfax's description; secondly whether it at all resembled the fancy Miniature I had painted of her and thirdly –it will out!-whether it were such as I should fancy...
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