How do people in love behave in Romeo and Juliet compared to Jane Eyre?

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The couples in both Romeo and Juliet and Jane Eyre are like two magnets drawn together.  Both couples are in love despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Romeo and Juliet come from feuding families while Jane and Mr. Rochester hold different positions in life that should separate them.  Romeo and Juliet are both young and naive.  They have an extremely rapid courtship and marriage.  Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester have a lengthy period of romantic tension before finally confessing their love for one another and eventually attempting to marry.  The biggest difference between the two couples is the outcome of their marriages.  Jane and Mr. Rochester are prevented from marrying.  At which point, Jane runs away and returns to Mr. Rochester much later in the story.  Romeo and Juliet are able to marry in secret but their marriage is the catalyst for their eventual demises.  Both couples part and return to one another, but the outcomes of these reunions are quite different.