Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 246
- How is Jane related to the Reeds?
- What book does Jane choose to read?
- Why does John hit Jane?
- Why is Jane afraid of the red-room?
- What causes Jane to faint?
- How does Bessie treat Jane after her punishment in the red-room?
- Who is Mr. Lloyd?
- Why does Jane want to go to school?
- What does Jane overhear about her parents?
- What do Bessie and Miss Abbot say about Jane’s appearance?
- Jane is Mrs. Reed’s niece and a cousin to John, Eliza, and Georgiana.
- Jane reads Bewick’s History of British Birds.
- John hits Jane for touching and reading “his” books.
- Mr. Reed (Jane’s uncle) died in the red-room and it has rarely been used since.
- Jane imagines that Mr. Reed’s ghost is about to appear, causing her to faint in terror.
- Bessie is unusually kind to Jane, singing her a song, giving her a special treat, and bringing Jane her favorite book.
- Mr. Lloyd is the local apothecary who is called in to examine Jane after she faints.
- Jane is excited about all the skills she would learn at school but is even more excited to get away from Gateshead.
- Jane overhears that her mother was disinherited for marrying her father, who was a poor clergyman. They both died of typhus when Jane was an infant.
- Bessie and Miss Abbot say that Jane would garner more sympathy if she were a beautiful child like her cousin Georgiana.