Is Jane ever without a master in Jane Eyre?

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The answer to this question has to do first with what we understand by the word "master." It is true that for much of the book Jane moves from one master to the next—from Mrs. Reed, to Mr. Brocklehurst and Miss Temple at Lowood, to Rochester , then to St. John, and finally, back to Rochester. In terms of being responsible to someone else, the only time Jane is technically without a master is...

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