In Jane Eyre, what is the significance of the setting at Ferndean?

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Ferndean is where Jane and Rochester start their new life together as husband and wife. They find the happiness there that eluded them at Thornfield, the burning of which represents the end of Rochester's former selfish identity.

Unlike the grand Thornfield, Ferndean is plainer, with no "architectural pretensions" to pretty it up. The lack of showy artifice reflects Jane herself, who is not a grand beauty. The gloominess of the parlor and the ominous exterior both reflect the desolate Rochester, now lacking his eyesight and his riches.

However, during her conversation with Rochester in the parlor, Jane starts to make changes. She says in no time she has "the room in more cheerful order," leading one to assume that the house will become a place of joy now that the lovers are together again.

That Ferndean is rather isolated says much as well. Jane and Rochester are both outsiders in society, so their starting their marriage in a remote locale makes poetic sense. They are not concerned with what...

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