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Jane Eyre

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The woman in the attic: although she makes only a brief appearance, she is one of English literature’s most iconic characters. She is the powerful undercurrent of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel, influencing the life and love of its namesake, Jane Eyre. A young governess at Thornfield Manor, Jane falls in love with the man of the house, Mr. Rochester. He returns her affections, and proposes marriage -- a marriage he cannot legally enter into, because he is still married to Bertha Mason, who has descended into madness and lives locked away in Thornfield’s attic. Although most revered for its examination of Jane’s private thoughts and feelings, Brontë’s novel has inspired numerous reinterpretations of its haunting shadow character, Bertha.

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