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Jane Eyre has two love interests in the novel, Mr. Rochester, whom she grows to love after serving as his daughter's governess, and St. John Rivers, a minister and her cousin who repeatedly asks for her hand in marriage so she can work with him as a missionary in India.

Both relationships have complications. St. John is a good man, but Jane refuses to marry him because she does not love him and she knows thier marriage would lack the passion she desires.

The man she truly loves, Mr. Rochester, is already married. His wife, Bertha Mason Rochester, is insane and hidden in the attic. Just when Jane thinks she has her dream and will marry Mr. Rochester, she learns of Bertha's existance and flees.

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