In Jane Eyre, what insight does the charades scene give to the characterization of Rochester? How does the scene shed light on his relationship with Jane and with Blanche Ingram?

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Ironically, the charades reveal more about Mr. Rochester's relationships with Blanche Ingram and with Jane than reality does.

A careful and attentive observer, Jane watches in Chapter 18 as Mr. Rochester and Blanche Ingram, dressed in white, act out a marriage ceremony. Then, in a less obvious scene, a basin is brought in and, costumed in Mid-eastern dress, Rochester and Blanche reenact the story at the well of Eliezer, Abraham's servant, and Rebecca, who is betrothed to Isaac. To seal this betrothal, Eliezer adorns the arms and fingers of Rebecca with jewels. The final scene presents Mr. Rochester in chains at aptly-named Bridewell prison in England. Underpinning Jane's interpretation of the none-to-subtle charades, Jane's observations of Blanche and Mr. Rochester as they converse lead her to conclude that they will marry soon.

Further in the evening, an old gypsy woman, Old Woman Bunches as she calls herself, has come to tell people's fortunes. Blanche's...

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