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Jane Eyre

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The Twelve Apostles

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When Jane finally enters the portion of Thornfield that is off limits to most of its employees, she finds a wounded Mr. Mason. As she tends to his injuries, Jane sees:

A great cabinet opposite--whose front, divided into twelve panels, bore, in grim design, the heads of the twelve apostles, each enclosed in its separate panel as in a frame; while above them at the top rose an ebon crucifix and a dying Christ.

Which of the following explanations is NOT supported by the text as to why Brontë might include religious imagery in this chapter?

A

To draw a comparison between Christ's blood and the bleeding Mr. Mason

B

The focus on faith and eternity adds to the tension concerning Mr. Mason's mortality.

C

The mentioning of Judas foreshadows the fact that Mr. Rochester has a traitor in his midst.

D

To heighten the sense of wonder Jane feels because she is close to the mysterious Grace Poole's chambers

E

To draw a comparison between the "physician, Luke" and Jane as she tends to the injured Mr. Mason