On Jane's first day at Morton, how many of her students could read?

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At the first day of her teaching at the village school in Morton, Jane Eyre learns that only three of her twenty students can read. She records:

I had twenty scholars. But three of the number can read: none write or cipher.

Jane had been forewarned that her students would be the children of poor cottagers, so she is prepared for a challenge. Nevertheless, she notes that she feels...

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