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As Jane prepares to leave Lowood, she states:

My world had for some years been in Lowood: my experience had been of its rules and systems; now I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils.

This allusion to Genesis 3:23 (which describes Adam and Eve's banishment from the Garden of Eden) primarily serves to convey the idea that


Jane's journey will be filled with temptations that must be overcome.


Jane will finally have some freedom in the real world.


Jane is afraid to leave Lowood, even if she won't admit it.


Jane will never truly know happiness because she must go from one servitude to another.


Jane questions whether her religious convictions will remain intact once she's out in the world.

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