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Jane Eyre

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The Victorian Governess

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Speaking of Jane's profession, Blanche Ingram states:

You should hear mama on the chapter of governesses: Mary and I have had, I should think, a dozen at least in our day; half of them detestable and the rest ridiculous, and all incubi - were they not, mama?

What does Blanche's statement reveal about the social status of governesses during the Victorian era?

A

Governesses were not considered to be of a higher social status than any other type of servant.

B

Governesses were highly respected, which is upsetting to Blanche.

C

Governesses occupied an odd social space between those in poverty and the wealthy.

D

Governesses occupied the same role that teachers hold in today's society.

E

Governesses were hated even more than those in poverty because they were seen as social climbers.