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In relation to Bertha Mason Rochester's family, Mr. Rochester claims:

My bride's mother I had never seen: I understood she was dead. The honeymoon over, I learned my mistake; she was only mad, and shut up in a lunatic asylum. There was a younger brother, too--a complete dumb idiot. The elder one, whom you have seen (and whom I cannot hate, whilst I abhor all his kindred, because he has some grains of affection in his feeble mind, shown in the continued interest he takes in his wretched sister, and also in a dog-like attachment he once bore me), will probably be in the same state one day.

What does this quotation reveal about Victorian conceptions of mental health?

A

People believed that women were much more susceptible to mental illness than men.

B

People believed that immorality led to mental illness.

C

People viewed marriages as dissolved if one partner suffered from a mental illness.

D

Even generally kind people believed that cruelty was acceptable towards mentally ill individuals.

E

People felt as though mental illness was hereditary and extremely serious.

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