What connotations does Miss Scatcherd's name suggests in Jane Eyre?
This is an unpleasant name that sounds like scratch or scat, which is animal droppings. This fits Miss Scatcherd, a cruel teacher who victimizes the good Helen Burns. Jane thinks very poorly of her.
Miss Scatcherd seems to have her claws out, ready to scratch at and bully Helen about very petty things:
Burns, you are standing on the side of your shoe; turn your toes out immediately. [. . .] Burns, you poke your chin most unpleasantly; draw it in. [. . .] Burns, I insist on your holding your head up; I will not have you before me in that attitude.
Later, she turns even...
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