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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?


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


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."


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


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


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.

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