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Jane Eyre

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A Hypothetical Marriage

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After the situation with Mr. Mason, Jane admits that she is glad to be of service to Rochester. He puts this claim to the test, stating:

For instance, the night before I am married! I am sure I shall not be able to sleep. Will you promise to sit up with me to bear me company? To you I can talk of my lovely one: for now you have seen her and know her.

Using your prior knowledge of Rochester, which answer choice is NOT a reasonable explanation as to why he would ask Jane this question?

A

The question reveals that Rochester is conflicted about his relationships with Blanche and Jane.

B

Rochester wants to see if the question arouses any sense of jealousy in Jane.

C

Rochester is able to speak with Jane more openly than any other permanent resident of Thornfield Hall, so he hopes that even this subject is not off limits.

D

The idea of commitment seems to frighten Rochester, but he can bear the idea if Jane is nearby.

E

Rochester wants to test the merit of their friendship by seeing if Jane would really allow him to speak excitedly about a subject he knows is unfavorable to her.