An adult Jane Eyre narrates this passage on the afternoon of Miss Temple’s wedding, after she has left Lowood for her honeymoon. Jane is eighteen years old, and teaches at the school. In this passage, Jane reflects on her present situation, and begins to realize that she has reached a forked road. Although Jane knows that she will miss Miss Temple, a role model and significant influence on Jane’s adolescence, Jane believes that the peace created around her is not true to her own nature. Her thoughts have taken her through a “transforming process”, and it leaves her in her “natural element.” Therefore, Jane has been denying her natural inclinations and feels that she no longer needs to be tranquil, but can allow herself to feel “the stirring of old emotions.” The word “natural” is important in the novel; Mrs. Reed always wished that Jane acted more... [continues]
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