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Jane Eyre

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A Fixed Star

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In characterizing Jane, Rochester states:

I see genuine contentment in your gait and mien, your eye and face, when you are helping me and pleasing me, working for me, and with me, in, as you characteristically say, "all that is right," for if I bid you do what you thought wrong, there would be no light-footed running, no neat-handed alacrity, no lively glance and animated complexion.

My friend would then turn to me, quiet and pale, and would say, "No, sir; that is impossible: I cannot do it, because it is wrong;" and would become immutable as a fixed star.

What is Rochester's PRIMARY purpose in sharing this claim with Jane?

A

To explain that Jane's honesty and personal convictions are what he values most in her.

B

To explain that though he enjoys her company, her self-righteousness is aggravating.

C

To compare his own inadequacies with her perfection.

D

To admit that Jane is still a complete enigma to him.

E

To bemoan the fact that Jane is the only person he can trust.