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Governess Relationships in Bronte's Jane Eyre Essay

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Governess Relationships at Bronte's Jane Eyre The Victorian governess endured socially because of her position. The connection between her and many others that were in her course has been strained because of her financial situation. She often suffered from "standing incongruity." The relationship between a governess and a gentleman was tough because she was not his financial equal (Peterson 13). While the relationship was strained in her book Jane Eyre, Bronte direct us to feel that it isn't completely hopeless. When talking of the governess and connections we have to first deal with "status incongruity" in the novel. There are numerous instances in Jane Eyre where the social strain is clearly displayed. The scene that takes place just before the charades give us a clear depiction of "standing incongruity": Will you performwith? He [Rochester] requested. I shook my head. He didn't insist, which I rather feared that he would have done: he allowed me to return quietly to my usual chair. He and his aids now withdrew behind the curtain: the other party which was headed by Colonel Dent, sat down on the crescent of chairs. One of the gentlemen, Mr. Eshton, observing me, seemed to propose that I should be asked to join them; but Lady Ingram instantly negatived the notion. "NO" I heard her say: "she looks too stupid for any game of this sort." (185; ch. 18) "Status incongruity" is nicely displayed here. Rochester (not eager to exclude her) invites Jane to play charades, but offers no protests if she rejects his offer. Jane doesn't want to participate because she feels uncomfortable. Preventing the game of charades was Jane’s method of escaping a situation that have made both parties uneasy. She doesn't want to be set at a si...

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