January 8, 2012
Mr. Delise/AP Lit
Character Sketch of Mr. Rochester in Chapters 34-38
Throughout this section of the novel, Jane is joyously united once more with Mr. Rochester, whom she is in love with. Prior to their reunion, she is informed of the devastating event that crippled her lover and blinded him in both eyes, as well as the state he was in following her mysterious dispatch, “he grew quite savage-quite savage on his disappointment: he was never a mild man. But he got dangerous after he lost her” (pg 457-458). Soon after learning of Mr. Rochester’s psychological state, Jane was given a description of the horrifying accident, “there was a great crash –all fell, he was taken out of the ruins, alive, but sadly hurt: a beam had fallen in such a way as to protect him partly; but one eye was knocked out, and one hand so crushed that Mr. Carter… had to amputate it directly… He is now helpless…blind, and cripple” (pg 559). Upon Jane’s first encounter with Mr. Rochester after the incident, she described him as being “of the same strong and stalwart contour as ever”; however, “in his countenance I saw a change: that looked desperate and brooding” (pg 461). The equivalent emotions were observed later on when Jane sighted him at breakfast, “It was mournful indeed, to witness the subjugation of that vigorous spirit to a corporeal infirmary” (pg 470). Towards the end of the novel, Mr. Rochester’s countenance changes once more, “I thank my Maker, that, in the midst of judgment, He has remembered mercy. I humbly entreat my Redeemer to give me strength to lead henceforth a purer life than I have done hitherto!” (pg 480).