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Jane Eyre

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How would Jane Eyre have ended if Bertha Mason had not died in the fire at Thornfield and if Jane had married St. John instead of Edward Rochester? This question can be answered with logic and reason without changing the style of the book. First, Rochester will take Bertha to Ferndean Manor. Second, Jane will go to India with her new husband, St. John. Lastly, Jane and Rochester will end up together. Using the style of the novel the alternate ending will include, Rochester and Bertha at Ferndean Manor, Jane and St. John in India, and how Jane and Rochester end up together.

Instead of Bertha committing suicide in the fire, Rochester successfully rescues her and takes her to Ferndean Manor in the middle of a secluded wood. Rochester is forced to care for Bertha himself because Grace Poole and Mrs. Fairfax die in the fire at Thornfield, because the fire burned the house as they slept and when they awoke they were trapped in the flame. The only company other than Bertha that Rochester has is his dog, Pilot. After a year at Ferndean, Bertha became sick from the damp house and cannot leave her bed. Pilot ran away a month ago and never came back. Rochester sat by the fire at night and thinks about Jane and his past. One evening a crow sat at Bertha's window and stared in at her. Bertha turns to see it and takes her last breath. The crow flies away. The crow represents death and goes along with the extended bird metaphor. This would be a logical ending for what happens to Bertha because it goes along with the somber mood of the story. It relates to the earlier sections in the book because Rochester had said that he did not put Bertha in Ferndean Manor because he was afraid that the damp conditions would make her sick, and it did. Rochester still shows his love for Jane and thinks about her while she is in India.

When St. John asks Jane to marry him and go with him to India, instead of saying no, Jane says yes and leaves for India. In India, Jane starts a school and...

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