Jane Eyre

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An Unreliable Narrator

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One of the conventions of Gothic novels is an unreliable narrator. Since Jane Eyre's autobiography is written in a fair and level-headed manner, readers can assume that this attribute is not present in Brontë's novel.

Nevertheless, which of the following quotations BEST indicates that Jane might, at times, be unreliable in her narration?

A

"While he is so occupied, I will tell you, reader, what they are: and first, I must premise that they are nothing wonderful. The subjects had, indeed, risen vividly on my mind."

B

"He was, in short, in his after-dinner mood; more expanded and genial, and also more self- indulgent than the frigid and rigid temper of the morning; still he looked preciously grim."

C

"Sir, I was too plain; I beg your pardon. I ought to have replied that it was not easy to give an impromptu answer to a question about appearances."

D

"While arranging my hair, I looked at my face in the glass, and felt it was no longer plain: there was hope in its aspect and life in its colour."

E

" It is seldom, indeed, an English face comes so near the antique models as did his. He might well be a little shocked at the irregularity of my lineaments, his own being so harmonious."