What does it mean for something to be "racy" in Jane Eyre ?
The word “racy” appears twice in Charlotte Brontë’s novel. It has a slightly different meaning at each usage.
In chapter 9, Jane Eyre uses the word in a passage providing her impressions of some of her fellow students at Lowood. In a paragraph describing Mary Ann Wilson, with whom she had become friends, she refers to the girl as “shrewd, observant …, witty and original. ...” Mary Ann is a bit older and more worldly than Jane; she indulges the younger girl by trying to answer any question she might pose, not censoring her but aiming to inform her. Their time together provides “much entertainment, if not much improvement. ...”
In the next paragraph, Jane returns to her discussion of Helen...
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