Jane Eyre Characters

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Jane Eyre is the main character of this fictional autobiographical novel. She appears first at the age of 10 years old, later at about age 18 or 19, then again at about 29. Jane becomes an orphan as an infant when her parents die of typhus. She is adopted by her uncle Mr. Reed. According to Mr. Reed's wife, Jane's uncle cared more for her than for his own children. At his death he made his wife promise to continue to care for Jane, however, Mrs. Reed was cruel and hateful to the girl. After an incident in which Jane passed out from fright after being locked in a "haunted" room, Jane requests to be sent to school.

Jane is described as an unattractive child who is fearful of the condemnation of those whom she wishes to please. This desire to please makes her an easy prey for those, such as...

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