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by Charlotte Brontë

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In "Jane Eyre," what happened to Jane when she was locked in the red room?  

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When Jane has the temerity to speak her mind in retaliation of her older cousin's violence, he attacks her. In her desperation to defend herself, she "received him in frantic sort," and, strictly speaking, she is not exactly sure what she does with her hands, but she feels she must strike him. However deserved such retaliation surely is, Mrs. Reed, of course, blames Jane rather than John and sends her to the red-room by way of punishment. Bessie and Miss Abbot prepare to tie her to a stool, and they attempt to advise her regarding what conduct is proper for her, a poor dependent, in the Reeds' home. As she considers her own lot, Jane recalls that Mr. Reed had died in this room and lay in state here nine years prior:

All John Reed's violent tyrannies, all his sisters’ proud indifference, all his mother's aversion, all the servants' partiality, turned up in my disturbed mind like a dark deposit in a turbid well. Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, for ever...

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