Detail the importance of onomatopoeia in Chapter 12 of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, with specific examples.

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In Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Chapter Twelve, the narrator (Jane) begins by describing her inner ear, and the stories her imagination hears in the absence of action—in the constant presence of a continual calm:

...best of all, to open my inward ear to a tale that was never ended—a tale my imagination created and narrated continuously; quickened with all of incident, life, fire, feeling, that I desired and had not in my actual existence. It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action...

Jane finds life at her post as governess much too quiet. Nothing happens and while she feels some might criticize her for feeling unsatisfied, her nature looks for stimulation—anything that defies the silence and the staid environment in which she lives. One day she takes a walk to mail a letter for Mrs. Fairfax—a two-mile trip on foot that allows her to study the countryside. Here onomatopoeia (use of a word that imitates a sound) at first comes...

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