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The morning after Rochester's proposal, Jane reports, "little Adèle came running in to tell me that the great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by lightning in the night, and half of it split away."

The juxtaposition of the chestnut tree and Mr. Rochester's proposal is most closely an example of


imagery: the broken tree heightens the novel's Gothic landscape


allusion: the splitting of the tree refers to the tearing of the veil in Matthew 27:51


red herring: the tree is meant to trick readers into thinking that an unfortunate event will soon occur in Jane and Rochester's relationship, which never actually happens


symbolism: the tree represents Jane's uncertainty about marrying Rochester


foreshadowing: just like the tree, Jane and Rochester will soon be torn apart

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