Jane Eyre lost her parents early and now she lived with her aunt, Mrs. Reed. Her life was not sugar. The fact is that Mrs. Reed was not her own aunt, but only a widow of her mother’s brother. About the parents of the girl, she was of the lowest opinion, and how else, because the mother of Jen, coming from a good family, married a priest who did not have a penny for his soul. On the paternal side, Jen said, she had no relatives, and if they did, they were not gentlemen-poor people and poorly educated, so it was not worth talking about.
Domestic – Mrs. Reed herself, her children John, Eliza and Georgiana and even the servants – all hourly made it clear to the orphan that she was not like everyone else who kept her here only out of great mercy. Unanimously everyone considered Jen an evil, deceitful, spoiled girl that was pure water untrue. On the contrary, the young Reid were evil and deceitful, who (especially John) liked to harass
Jen, start quarreling with her, and then put it all to blame.
One day after one of these quarrels, which ended in a fight with John, Jen was locked up in punishment in the Red Room, the most mysterious and terrible in the Gateshead Hall – Mr. Reed let out his last sigh. From fear of seeing his ghost, the poor girl lost consciousness, and afterwards a fever arose with which she could not recover for a long time.
Not wanting to bother with a sick and such a bad girl, Mrs. Reed decided that it was time to identify Jen to school.
The school, which for many years became a home for Jen, was called Lovud and was an unpleasant place, and on closer examination it turned out to be an orphanage. But Jen did not have a warm hearth in the past, and so she was not too worried, finding herself in this gloomy and cold place. The girls here went in identical dresses and with the same hairstyles, everything was done on a call, the food was perverse and scant, the teachers were rude and soulless, the pupils were hammered, dull and embittered.
Among the teachers, the exception was the directress Miss Temple: there was enough warmth in her soul to dress them for disadvantaged girls. Between the pupils, too, there was one unlike the others, and Jen became very close to her. The name was