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Jane Eyre

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A Heroic Rescue

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After Jane saves Rochester's life by putting out the fire in his bed, she reflects:

I regained my couch, but never thought of sleep. Till morning dawned I was tossed on a buoyant but unquiet sea, where billows of trouble rolled under surges of joy. I thought sometimes I saw beyond its wild waters a shore, sweet as the hills of Beulah; and now and then a freshening gale, wakened by hope, bore my spirit triumphantly towards the bourne: but I could not reach it, even in fancy a counteracting breeze blew off land, and continually drove me back. Sense would resist delirium: judgment would warn passion. Too feverish to rest, I rose as soon as day dawned.

Why might Jane imagine herself tossing about on the sea?

A

Even though she rescued Rochester, the rolling waves represent Jane's anxiety that something worse is going to happen.

B

She knows that she is being lied to about Grace Poole being responsible for the fire, making Jane feel as helpless as being on "wild waters."

C

Amidst the chaos of saving Rochester, Jane realizes that a certain attraction might exist between the pair.

D

She is worried that Mr. Rochester will continue to praise her heroic actions, embarrassing her introverted nature.

E

Hearing about Rochester's dark history and rescuing him from the fire so close together severely overwhelms Jane since she is used to a quiet life.