In Jane Eyre, discuss the presentation of Celine Varens and Jane Eyre as foils.

Expert Answers info

D. Reynolds eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write9,156 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Unlike the prim, Quakerly Miss Eyre the governess, Celine Varens comes into Rochester's life as an opera dancer, a profession associated with prostitution and loose morals. She professes love and adoration for Rochester, saying she prefers his looks to those of other men. He believes she idolizes him. However, unlike Jane Eyre, whose heart is pure and whose words are sincere, Celine means nothing of what she says. She is simply using Rochester for the money and clothing she can get from him. As Rochester notes, while Celine pretends to like his looks, she is abusing him for them when he is seemingly out of earshot. In contrast, Jane tells him from the start that he is not good looking.

Rochester, according to his own account, discovers Celine's hypocrisy when he is waiting for her one night. Celine gets out of a carriage with her lover, a vicomte so "brainless and vicious" that Celine immediately sinks in Rochester's opinion...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 498 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

accessteacher eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write13,728 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial