St. John Rivers
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St. John Rivers (Character)
from Jane Eyre (2011)

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Jane Eyre (2011)
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.

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.


Jane Eyre (1943)
Dr. Rivers: You keep your schoolroom uncommonly cold, Mr. Brocklehurst.
Henry Brocklehurst: A matter of principle, Dr. Rivers. Our aim is not to pamper the body but strengthen the soul.
Dr. Rivers: I should not have thought that a bad cough was any aid to salvation, but then I'm not a theologian. Good day, sir.