1. In chapter 15, Mr. Rochester tells Jane the story of his dramatic past, and that he has a “wish to be a better man” (171). How does this story compare to Jane’s upbringing? How do these similarities reinforce the overarching themes of the book? Do you find it odd, romantic, out of place, natural that Mr. Rochester confides in Jane? He states that it is “strange I should choose you for the confidant of all this” but also that she was “made to be the recipient of secrets” (171). What is your reaction to this intimate conversation?
2. In Chapter 19, Jane encounters a gypsy in the library who turns out to be Mr. Rochester in disguise. Why do you think he dressed as a gypsy for the conversation with Jane? Jane states that she “knew that gypsies and fortune-tellers did not express themselves as this seeming old woman had expressed herself” (202) What is Jane’s reaction to Mr. Rochester’s disguise? What does this scene reveal about the dynamics of the relationship between the characters?
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