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In relation to Bertha Mason Rochester, a former employee of Thornfield Hall reports:

Mr. Rochester ascend through the sky-light on to the roof; we heard him call 'Bertha!' We saw him approach her; and then, ma'am, she yelled and gave a spring, and the next minute she lay smashed on the pavement.

How are readers most likely supposed to feel about Mr. Rochester's wife?


Pity: she is a victim of unfortunate circumstances


Anger: she stands in the way of Jane's happiness


Horror: she acts as an almost supernatural villain in the novel


Confliction: she does not firmly occupy the role of a villain or a victim


Distant: she reminds readers that real happy endings are complicated

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