Jane Eyre - Chapter XVII Summary & Analysis

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Chapter XVII Summary

After two weeks absence and Jane considering finding a new position, Mr. Rochester writes saying he is coming back in three days and bringing guests. Jane notices that Grace does not join the flurry of preparations, staying mostly on the third floor. Mr. Rochester and Blanche lead the party of guests. While the guests freshen up, Jane goes down and gets dinner for her and Adèle. Jane is forced to attend a party that evening. Although Blanche is beautiful she is prideful and full of herself. Jane studies the face and actions of Mr. Rochester. The ladies speak poorly of governesses. Jane stays to hear Rochester sing, then slips from the room. Mr. Rochester meets her in the hall, questioning why she did not speak to him at the party and asking if she is all right. He insists she join the party each...

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