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Jane Eyre: The Theme of Deceit and Dishonesty "'The union can't go on: I declare the existence of an impediment'" (306). Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, is the story of an orphaned girl who's sent to live in Gateshead Hall with Mrs. Reed and her three cousins, whom Jane doesn't get together. At age ten, Mrs. Reed sends Jane away to Lowood Institution, a girls' school, where she spends the next eight decades of her life. In age eighteen, Jane leaves Lowood and takes the position as governess at Thornfield Hall. Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Hall, and Jane fall madly in love and plan to get married, but little does Jane know, Mr. Rochester has a horrible secret that will ruin Jane's life. Throughout the book, the subject of deceit and dishonesty results in distress and distress not only to people being lied to, but also to those people perpetuating the untruths. In the beginning of Jane Eyre, Mrs. Reed informs the proprietor of Lowood Institution, Mr. Brocklehurst, that Jane has, "'a bad character, a deceitful disposition; and also to let everybody at Lowood know what [she] is, and also what [she] has completed'" (34). Jane already despises Mrs. Reed for treating her so poorly, but now she is infuriated. If Mr. Brocklehurst clarifies Jane as Mrs. Reed teaches him to do, Jane will not leave friends at Lowood because all of the children will fear her. Jane battles back by stating to her aunt, "'I am glad you are no relation of mine. I'll never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to see you if I am grown up; and when any one asks me how I liked you, and the way you treated me, I'll say the very thought of you makes me ill, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty'" (33). Jane...