What are some important quotes relating to Thornfield ( in Jane Eyre)?

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Here is a description that Jane Eyre gives of Thornfield in Chapter 11:

"All these relics gave to the third story of Thornfield Hall the aspect of a home of the past: a shrine of memory. I liked the hush, the gloom, the quaintness of these retreats in the day; but I by no means coveted a night’s repose on one of those wide and heavy beds: shut in, some of them, with doors of oak; shaded, others, with wrought old English hangings crusted with thick work, portraying effigies of strange flowers, and stranger birds, and strangest human beings,— all which would have looked strange, indeed, by the pallid gleam of moonlight."

This excerpt captures the gloominess and creepiness of Thornfield and plants in the mind of the reader the idea that the house is held captive by the past and its memories. The strange creatures that are featured on the hangings also create a sense of doom and eeriness.

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