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Jane Eyre (Character)
from Jane Eyre (2011)

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Jane Eyre (2011)
[last lines]
Rochester: [sightless] Who's there?
Jane Eyre: [takes his hand]
Rochester: This hand.
[touching her face]
Rochester: Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre: Edward, I am come back to you... Fairfax Rochester with nothing to say?
Rochester: You're altogether a human being Jane.
Jane Eyre: I conscientiously believe so.
Rochester: [passionate kiss] I dream.
Jane Eyre: Awaken then.
[they embrace]

Rochester: I know you; you're thinking. Talking is of no use, you're thinking how to act.
Jane Eyre: All has changed sir. I must leave you.
Rochester: No. No. Jane do you love me.
[Jane nods]
Rochester: Then the essential things are the same. Be my wife.
Jane Eyre: You have a wife.
Rochester: I pledge you my honor, my fidelity...
Jane Eyre: You cannot.
Rochester: ...my love until death do us part.
Jane Eyre: What of truth?
Rochester: I would have told you the truth.
Jane Eyre: You are deceitful sir.
Rochester: I was wrong to deceive you. I see that now, it was cowardly. I should have appealed to your spirit as I do now. Bertha Antoinette Mason, she was wanted by my father for her fortune. I hardly spoke with her before the wedding. I lived with her for 4 years. Her temper ripened, her vices sprang up, violent and unchaste. Only cruelty would check her and I'd not use cruelty. I was chained to her for life Jane. Not even the law could free me. Have you ever set foot in a mad house Jane?
Jane Eyre: No sir.
Rochester: The inmates are caged and baited like beasts. I spared her that at least. Jane?
Jane Eyre: Yes I pity you sir.
Rochester: Who would you offend by living with me? Who would care?
Jane Eyre: I would.
Rochester: You would rather drive me to madness than break some mere human law.
Jane Eyre: I must respect myself.
Rochester: Listen to me. Listen. I could bend you with my finger and my thumb. A mere reed you feel in my hands. But whatever I do with this cage, I cannot get at you, and it is your soul that I want. Why can't you come of your own free will?
Jane Eyre: God help me.

Rochester: I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal and my likeness. Will you marry me?
Jane Eyre: Are you mocking me?
Rochester: You doubt me.
Jane Eyre: Entirely.

Rochester: I'm asking what Jane Eyre would do to secure my happiness.
Jane Eyre: I would do anything for you, sir. Anything that was right.

Jane Eyre: To marry you would kill me.
St John Rivers: Kill you? Kill you? Those words are unfeminine and untrue.

St John Rivers: This school you were at, Miss Elliott, this charitable institution. What did it prepare you for?
[Cuts to a flashback of Jane's childhood friend, Helen, being beaten with a rod by Ms. Scatcherd]
St John Rivers: Was it a thorough education?
Jane Eyre: Most thorough.

Rochester: From whence do you hail? What's your tale of woe?
Jane Eyre: Pardon?
Rochester: All governesses have a tale of woe. What's yours?
Jane Eyre: I was brought up by my aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead, in a house even finer than this. I then attended Lowood school where I received an education as good as I could hope for. I have no tale of woe, sir.
Rochester: Where are your parents?
Jane Eyre: Dead.
Rochester: Do you remember them?
Jane Eyre: No.
Rochester: And why are you not with Mrs. Reed of Gateshead now?
Jane Eyre: She cast me off, sir.
Rochester: Why?
Jane Eyre: Because I was burdensome and she disliked me.
Rochester: [Incredulous] No tale of woe?

Jane Eyre: Have you something for me to do?
Mary Rivers: You're doing something already. May I see?
[Looks at Jane's drawings]
Mary Rivers: Oh, these are wonderful! St. John...
[Mary takes a sketch Jane did of St. John over to him]
Jane Eyre: No, Mary, please.
Mary Rivers: See how skilled Jane is!
St John Rivers: Is this how you perceive me, Miss Elliott?
[Jane remains silent]
St John Rivers: Well. How fierce I am.

Rochester: [after Jane and Mr. Rochester have put out a fire that was set to his bed] Say nothing about this. You are no talking fool.
Jane Eyre: But...
Rochester: I'll account for the state of affairs. Say nothing.
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Rochester: Is that how you would leave me? Jane, fire is a horrible death. You've saved my life. Don't walk past me as if we were strangers.
Jane Eyre: What am I to do, then?
[Rochester offers his hand, which she hesitates before taking. He covers her hand with his and draws closer]
Rochester: I have a pleasure in owing you my life.
Jane Eyre: There is no debt.
Rochester: I knew you would do me good in some way. I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you. Their expression did not strike my very inmost being so for nothing. People talk of natural sympathies. You...
Jane Eyre: Good night then, sir.
Rochester: You will leave me, then.
Jane Eyre: I am cold.
Rochester: Go.

Rochester: What is it? Jane Eyre with nothing to say?
Jane Eyre: Everything seems unreal.
Rochester: I am real enough.
Jane Eyre: You, sir, are the most phantom-like of all.

Jane Eyre: [as the walk through the darkened house with candles] Am I meeting Ms. Fairfax tongiht?
Mrs. Fairfax: Who?
Jane Eyre: Ms. Fairfax, my pupil.
Mrs. Fairfax: Oh, you mean Ms. Varens, Mr. Rochester's ward. She's to be your pupil.
Jane Eyre: Who's Mr. Rochester?
Mrs. Fairfax: Why, they owner of Thornfield Hall. Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester.
Jane Eyre: I thought Thornfield Hall belonged to you.
Mrs. Fairfax: [extremely flattered] Oh bless you, child. What an idea? Me? I'm only the housekeeper.

Jane Eyre: I have lived a full life here. I have not been trampled on. I have not been petrified. I have not been excluded from every glimpse that is bright. I have known you, Mr. Rochester and it strikes me with anguish to be torn from you.
Rochester: Then why must you leave?
Jane Eyre: Because of your wife.
Rochester: I have no wife.
Jane Eyre: But your are to be married.
Rochester: Jane, you must stay.
Jane Eyre: And become nothing to you?...
[near tears]
Jane Eyre: Am I a machine with out feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, plain, obscure, and little that I am souless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart. And if God had possessed me with beauty and wealth, I could make it as hard for you to leave me as I to leave you... I'm not speaking to you through mortal flesh. It is my spirit that addresses your spirit, as it passes throguh the grave and stood at God's feet equal. As we are.
Rochester: [taking her hand] As we are.
Jane Eyre: [trying to pull away] I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.
Rochester: Than let you will decide your destiny. I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you too pass through life at my side. You are my equal, my likeness... Will you marry me?
Jane Eyre: Are you mocking me?
Rochester: Do you doubt me?
Jane Eyre: Entirely.

Rochester: [sitting on the steps] This spring, I came home heart sore and soul withered. Then I met a gentle stranger whose society revives me. With her, I feel like I could live again in a higher, purer way.
[looking at Jane]
Rochester: Tell me... Am I justified in over leaping an obstacle of custom to obtain her?
Jane Eyre: There's an obstacle?
Rochester: A mere conventional impediment.
Jane Eyre: But what can it be? If you cherish an affection, sir than fortune alone cannot impede you.
Rochester: Yes.
Jane Eyre: And if the lady is of noble stock and has indicated that she may reciprocate.
Rochester: [bewildered] Jane, of whom do you think I speak?
Jane Eyre: Of Ms. Ingram.
Rochester: [rising to his feet] I am asking what Jane Eyre would do yo secure my happiness.
Jane Eyre: I would do anything for you, sir. Anything that was right.
Rochester: ...You transfix me quite. I feel I can speak to you now of my lovely one. If you've met her and know her. She's a rare one, isn't she? Fresh and healthy, without soil or taint. I'm sure she'd regenerate me with a vengeance.

Jane Eyre: [after accepting Rochester's proposal] Am I a monster? Is it so impossible that Mr. Rochester should love me?
Mrs. Fairfax: No. I have long noticed you were a sort of pet of his. But you're so young and you're so little acquainted with men. I don't want to grieve you child, but let me just put you on your guard. Gentlemen in his position, well let's just say, they're not accustomed to marry their governesses. Until you are wed, distrust yourself as well as him. Please, keep him at a distance.

Mr. Brocklehurst: Do you know, Jane Eyre, where the wicked go after death?
Young Jane: They go to hell.
Mr. Brocklehurst: And what is hell?
Young Jane: A pit full of fire.
Mr. Brocklehurst: Should you like to fall into this pit and be burned there forever?
Young Jane: No, sir.
Mr. Brocklehurst: How might you avoid it?
Young Jane: I must keep in good health and not die.

Young Jane: You said I was a liar. I'm not. If I were I'd have said I loved you, and I don't. I dislike you less than anybody in the world. People think you are good, but you are bad, and hard-hearted. I will let everyone know what you have done.
Mrs. Reed: Children must be corrected for their faults.
Young Jane: Deceit is not my fault.
Mrs. Reed: You are passionate.
Young Jane: Uncle Reed is in heaven. So are my mother and father. They know how you hate me and wish me dead. They can see, they see everything you do, and they will judge you Mrs. Reed.
Mrs. Reed: Get out.

Young Jane: [Helen is dying from consumption] How are you?
Helen Burns: I'm happy, Jane. I'm going home.
Young Jane: But your father...
Helen Burns: [Jane is visibly upset] Don't be sad, for I have a passion for living, Jane. And one day you'll come to the region of bliss.
[pause]
Helen Burns: Don't leave me. I like to have you near.
Young Jane: I will not leave you. No one shall take me from you.
[Helen dies]


Jane Eyre (1996)
Mr. Brocklehurst: And what is hell? Can you tell me that?
Young Jane: A pit full of fire.
Mr. Brocklehurst: And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there forever?
Young Jane: No sir.
Mr. Brocklehurst: What must you do to avoid it?
Young Jane: Keep well and and not die, sir.

Young Jane: I am not deceitful! And I am not a liar. For if I were, I should say that I loved you. I do not love you. I dislike you more than anyone in the world, except your son.

Young Jane: My parents died when I was very young. I went to stay with my Aunt who didn't love me.

Jane Eyre: We are truly devoted, my Edward and I; our hearts beat as one; our happiness is complete.

Jane Eyre: Remember, the shadows are just as important as the light.

Mr. Rochester: Do you think me handsome?
Jane Eyre: No sir.

Adele Varens: Mademoiselle, will we be very happy?
Jane Eyre: We will work hard, and we will be content.

Mr. Rochester: Are you fond of presents?
Jane Eyre: I hardly know. I have little experience of them.

Jane Eyre: I received a letter this morning. If you please, sir, I want leave of absence.
Mr. Rochester: Why?
Jane Eyre: Because of an old lady who is sick.
Mr. Rochester: What old lady?
Jane Eyre: Her name is Mrs. Reed. She is my aunt.
Mr. Rochester: I thought you said you didn't have any relatives.
Jane Eyre: None that would own me, sir. Mrs. Reed cast me off when I was a child.
Mr. Rochester: Then why must you go rushing off to see her?
Jane Eyre: She's dying. I can't ignore her dying wish.
Mr. Rochester: [pause] You won't be persuaded to stay?
Jane Eyre: No, sir. I will return to Thornfield.
Mr. Rochester: So you and I must say goodbye?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Mr. Rochester: And how does one perform that ceremony? Teach me, I am not quite up to it.
Jane Eyre: They say "farewell," or any other form they prefer.
Mr. Rochester: Farewell, Miss Eyre. At the present. Is that all?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Mr. Rochester: Then we shake hands.
[shakes her hand]
Mr. Rochester: Remember your promise.

Jane Eyre: [angry at Rochester] How can you be so stupid? How can you be so cruel? Just because I'm poor and plain, I'm not without feelings.

Mr. Rochester: Just one last kiss before you leave.
Jane Eyre: I shall never leave. You will never be alone for as long as I shall live.


Jane Eyre (1970) (TV)
Edward Rochester: You're very cool. An orphan child of low degree, where do you find such coolness?
Jane Eyre: Out of my head, sir.
Edward Rochester: The one I see on your shoulders?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Edward Rochester: And has it other furniture of the same kind within?
Jane Eyre: It is well stocked, I hope, sir.

Edward Rochester: [Mr. Rochester is looking at the fire for two minutes and Jane is looking at him for the same length of time. Then, turning suddenly, he catches her eyes fixed on his face] You examine me, Miss Eyre. Find me handsome?
Jane Eyre: No, sir.

Jane Eyre: Why do you confide in me like this? What are you and she to me? Do you think because I am poor and plain I have no feelings? I promise you... if God had gifted me with wealth and beauty, I should make it as hard for you to leave me now, as it is for me to leave you. But He did not. Yet my spirit can address yours, as if both had passed through the grave and stood before Him equal.
Edward Rochester: Jane.
Jane Eyre: Let me go, sir.
Edward Rochester: I love you. I love you!
Jane Eyre: Please, don't make me foolish.
Edward Rochester: Foolish? I need you! What is Blanche to me? I know what I am to her, money to manure her father's lands with. Marry me, Jane, say you'll marry me.
Jane Eyre: You mean it?
Edward Rochester: You torture me with your doubts. Say yes. Say yes! God forgive me, and let no man middle with me... for I will keep her, keep her.

Edward Rochester: You saved my life.
Jane Eyre: Well... good night, sir.
Edward Rochester: I knew you would do me good. I've felt it always. There is something about you, Jane...
Jane Eyre: Well, good night, sir.

Edward Rochester: [Jane is not at all in a mood to watch and listen. She goes out. Rochester follows her] Jane! Where are you going?
Jane Eyre: To bed, sir. I'll send Sofie for Adele.
Edward Rochester: Look at me. You are depressed. What for?
Jane Eyre: Nothing, sir. Nothing. I'm not depressed.
Edward Rochester: But you are. There are tears in your eye. You see, one has slipped from the lash and fallen... Very well. I excuse you tonight.
Jane Eyre: 's sir.

Edward Rochester: No husband yet? That's bad, Jane. You're not pretty, you know, you can't be choosey.
Jane Eyre: No, sir.
Edward Rochester: Still, I'm surprised you've not been asked.
Jane Eyre: I didn't say I had not been asked, sir.
Edward Rochester: I see. That's good, Jane, you should be married.
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir, I think so. And so should you. You can't be choosey, sir, any more than I.

Edward Rochester: I'm sure some fool will find you soon enough.
Jane Eyre: I hope so, sir, some fool... that found me once before.


Jane Eyre (1943)
[first lines]
Jane Eyre: [narrating] My name is Jane Eyre... I was born in 1820, a harsh time of change in England. Money and position seemed all that mattered. Charity was a cold and disagreeable word. Religion too often wore a mask of bigotry and cruelty. There was no proper place for the poor or the unfortunate. I had no father or mother, brother or sister. As a child I lived with my aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall. I do not remember that she ever spoke one kind word to me.

[last lines]
Jane Eyre: [narrating] As the months went past, he came to see the light once more as well as to feel its warmth; to see first the glory of the sun, and then the mild splendour of the moon, and at last the evening star. And then one day, when our firstborn was put into his arms, he could see that the boy had inherited his own eyes as they once were... large, brilliant and black.

Jane Eyre: I should never mistake informality for insolence. One, I rather like; the other, no free-born person would submit to, even for a salary.
Edward Rochester: Humbug! Most free-born people would submit to anything for a salary.

Edward Rochester: I put my requests in an absurd way. The fact is once and for all, I do not wish to treat you as an inferior, but I've baffled through varied experiences with many men of many nations and roved over the globe while you've spent your whole life with one set of people in one house. Don't you agree it gives me the right to be masterful and abrupt?
Jane Eyre: Do as you please, sir. You pay me 30 pounds a year for receiving your orders.

Edward Rochester: Are you always drawn to the loveless and unfriended?
Jane Eyre: When it's deserved.

Jane Eyre: Do you think I can stay here become nothing to you? Do you think because I'm poor and obscure and plain that I'm soulless and heartless? I have as much soul is you and fully as much heart. But if God had gifted me with wealth and beauty, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me as it is now for me to leave you. There, I've spoken my heart, now let me go...
Edward Rochester: Jane, Jane... you strange, almost unearthly thing. You that I love as my own flesh.
Jane Eyre: Don't mock me now.


"Jane Eyre: Episode #1.4" (2006)
Jane Eyre: I'm an independent woman. My uncle died and left my £20,000. I gave most of it away.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: No, I could never have dreamed such detail.

Jane Eyre: Have you a pocket comb about you, sir?
Edward Fairfax Rochester: What for?
Jane Eyre: I need to comb out this shaggy black mane. I find you quite alarming this close and you accuse *me* of being supernatural.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Am I hideous, Jane?
Jane Eyre: Very sir. You always were, you know.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: You haven't lost your wickedness, wherever you've been.

Jane Eyre: When do you have supper?
Edward Fairfax Rochester: I never take supper.
Jane Eyre: Well, you shall tonight for I am very hungry.


"Jane Eyre: Episode #1.3" (2006)
Jane Eyre: Yes, I do have a friend.
Jane Eyre: Someone who, when I talk to them, they understand everything I say. They would laugh if I told them about Mrs. Reed, they're so in tuned as me. They'd know my thoughts before I even think them, certainly; before I put them into words.


"Jane Eyre: Rochester (#1.4)" (1983)
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Dread remorse when you are tempted to err, Miss Eyre. Remorse is the poison of life.
Jane Eyre: Repentance is said to be its cure, sir.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: It is not its cure. Reformation, maybe.


"Jane Eyre: Reunion (#1.11)" (1983)
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Am I hideous, Jane?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir. You always were, you know.


"Jane Eyre: Lowood Institute (#1.2)" (1983)
Jane Eyre: [voice over] My first quarter at Lowood seemed an age of cold, hunger, hardship and heavy tasks, but at its end I had made progress.


"Jane Eyre: Thornfield (#1.3)" (1983)
Jane Eyre: You are... Mr. Rochester.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: An intelligent deduction, Miss Eyre.