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Orphans at Jane Eyre Jane, one of the orphans from the novel Jane Eyre, is depicted as the victim of charity. She is also observed in others' eyes as something lower or less than themselves. Orphans are observed by wealthy individuals as children that are needing their charity, and also who lack of morals, ambition, and culture. Jane tells about how she has no family; her mother and her father had the typhus fever, and "both died within a month of each other" (58; ch. 3). Like this isn't bad enough, she is also excluded from being a part of the Reed family: Me, [Mrs. Reed] had dispensed from joining the team, stating, 'she threatens to be under the necessity of keeping me at a distance; however until she heard from Bessie, and may discover by her own observation that I was endeavoring in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition, a more attractive and sprightly manner - something lighter, franker, more natural, as it were - she really must exclude me from privileges intended just for contented, happy little children. (39; ch. 1) Further, after Jane comes from the crimson room, Mrs. Reed and the children go out for a carriage ride and leave Jane supporting (55; ch. 3). Again, at Christmas time, "From every enjoyment I was, of course, excluded: my share of the gaiety consisted in witnessing the daily apparelling of Eliza and Georgiana, and seeing them descend into the drawing-room, dressed out in thin muslin frocks and scaarlet sashes, with hair elaborately ringleted" (60; ch. 4). This not only shows her grief from household and family gatherings, but also that she's not perceived to be as great, happy, or sociable as her cousins. Her cousin John actually makes her out to be something less than he, "You...