Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

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Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë

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CHAPTER 1

    CHAPTER 1

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    There was no possibility of taking
a walk that day.

    There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.

  • # 411 Sep '12
    We had been
wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the
morning;

    We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning;

  • # 511 Sep '12
    but since dinner
(Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter
wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so
penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the
question.

    but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.

  • # 611 Sep '12
    I was glad of it: I never liked
long walks, especially on chilly afternoons:

    I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons:

  • # 711 Sep '12
    dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw
twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the
chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of
my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana
Reed.

    dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.

  • # 811 Sep '12
    The said Eliza, John, and
Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the
drawing-room:

    The said Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room:

  • # 911 Sep '12
    she lay reclined
on a sofa by the fireside, and with her darlings about her (for the
time neither quarrelling nor crying) looked perfectly happy.

    she lay reclined on a sofa by the fireside, and with her darlings about her (for the time neither quarrelling nor crying) looked perfectly happy.

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    Me, she had dispensed from joining
the group; saying, “She regretted to be under the necessity of
keeping me at a distance;

    Me, she had dispensed from joining the group; saying, “She regretted to be under the necessity of keeping me at a distance;

  • # 1111 Sep '12
    but
that until she heard from Bessie, and could discover by her own
observation, that I was endeavouring in good earnest to acquire a
more sociable and childlike disposition,

    but that until she heard from Bessie, and could discover by her own observation, that I was endeavouring in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition,

  • # 1211 Sep '12
    a more attractive and sprightly manner—something
lighter, franker, more natural, as it were—she really must exclude
me from privileges intended only for contented, happy, little
children.

    a more attractive and sprightly manner—something lighter, franker, more natural, as it were—she really must exclude me from privileges intended only for contented, happy, little children.

  • # 1311 Sep '12
    What does Bessie say I have
done?” I asked.

    What does Bessie say I have done?” I asked.

  • # 1411 Sep '12
    Jane, I don’t like cavillers or
questioners; besides, there is something truly forbidding in a
child taking up her elders in that manner.

    Jane, I don’t like cavillers or questioners; besides, there is something truly forbidding in a child taking up her elders in that manner.

  • # 1511 Sep '12
    Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak
pleasantly, remain silent.

    Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak pleasantly, remain silent.

  • # 1611 Sep '12
    A breakfast-room adjoined the
drawing-room, I slipped in there.

    A breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room, I slipped in there.

  • # 1711 Sep '12
    It contained a bookcase: I soon possessed myself of a
volume, taking care that it should be one stored with
pictures.

    It contained a bookcase: I soon possessed myself of a volume, taking care that it should be one stored with pictures.

  • # 1811 Sep '12
    I mounted into the
window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk;
and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was
shrined in double retirement.

    I mounted into the window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in double retirement.