Is Mr. Rochester handsome?

Mr. Rochester is not classically handsome. As Jane describes him, he is of middling height, has a harsh face, and is past his first youth. She falls in love with him for reasons other than his looks.

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When Jane Eyre first meets Mr. Rochester, not knowing who he is, he has just fallen down with his horse, which slipped on a piece of ice. At this point, Jane explains, in a rather roundabout way, that Mr. Rochester is not a handsome man. She describes him as

of middle height and considerable breadth of chest. He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted just now; he was past youth, but had not reached middle-age; perhaps he might be thirty-five. ... Had he been a handsome, heroic-looking young gentleman, I should not have dared to stand thus questioning him against his...

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