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Who said this quote in Jane Eyre: "I have one word to say of the whole tribe; they are...

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lailael | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2009 at 5:45 PM via web

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Who said this quote in Jane Eyre:

"I have one word to say of the whole tribe; they are a nuisance."

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted September 15, 2009 at 10:49 PM (Answer #1)

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This is Blanche Ingram speaking, the woman Jane thought Mr. Rochester would marry. This is a very uncomfortable moment for Jane, as Blanche is speaking about governessess, in the middle of a party in which they are both in attendance. Essentially, Jane has to sit with her student and listen to supposedly upperclass womendiscuss how they "know the faults of her class"-meaning Jane.

This is yet another example of class conflict in the book, and the hypocrisy/downright cruelty of the upper class in the society. This is not the first time Jane has experienced such blatant discrimination; it began when she was an orphan in the Reeds' household. Since then, her life has been a continuous cycle of oppression and contempt based on her social class. While Bronte is criticizing this aspect of the culture, it is important to note that Jane only becomes truly whole when she is independently wealthy. This may suggest something about the state of working class women at the time.

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jillkon | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:07 AM (Answer #2)

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