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What are examples of characters and their secrets in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre?

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Jane Eyre is a book full of secrets. Mrs. Rochester is without question the biggest one, but many characters have secrets, or are involved in deceptions of one sort  or another. Here are some, other than Bertha:

Mrs. Reed receives a letter from Jane's rich uncle asking about Jane's whereabouts, which she doesn't tell Jane about until her conscience gets the better of her at the very end of her life. Another kind of secret that she is "keeping" from her deceased husband is her treatment of Jane. Jane calls her out on this: “My Uncle Reed is in heaven, and can see all you do and think; and so can papa and mama: they know how you shut me up all day long, and how you wish me dead.” Young Jane's ability to see through Mrs Reed is quite shocking!

Jane adopts a false identity after she leaves Thornfield, telling everyone that her name is Jane Elliot. St. John discovers her real name when he notices that she has absent-mindedly written "Jane Eyre" in the margin of a drawing.

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