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"What is the PRIMARY purpose of the following exchange between Bessie and Miss Abbot?

Bessie, when she heard this narrative, sighed and said:

Poor Miss Jane is to be pitied, too, Abbot.

Yes, responded Abbot;

if she were a nice, pretty child, one might compassionate her forlornness; but one really cannot care for such a little toad as that.

"Not a great deal, to be sure," agreed Bessie: "at any rate, a beauty like Miss Georgiana would be more moving in the same condition."

"Yes, I doat on Miss Georgiana!" cried the fervent Abbot. Little darling! With her long curls and her blue eyes, and such a sweet colour as she has; just as if she were painted! Bessie, I could fancy a Welsh rabbit for supper.

"So could I with a roast onion. Come, we'll go down." They went.


To showcase Jane's true nature by revealing how others feel about her.


To demonstrate that Bessie and Miss Abbot are just as important to the novel's plot as Jane.


To demonstrate that Jane is a heroine with the odds stacked against her.


To show how significant Mrs. Reed's influence is on her staff.


To reveal standards of beauty during the Victorian era.

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