Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 692
The setting returns to Antoinette’s and Richard’s honeymoon. It is late afternoon when Rochester enters the dining room where supper is being set up. He is taken by surprise by Antoinette’s beauty. He had never noticed it before. As they eat, Antoinette asks questions about Rochester’s home country, England. She has heard England referred to as a dream and wants to know if this is true. Rochester tells her that the island on which they are staying is like a dream to him. In essence, he points out that the definition of a dream can be applied to both, depending on one’s experience with each place. If one is familiar with a place, it does not seem like a dream. But if one has never visited a place or is new to it, then it feels like a dream setting. This exchange dramatizes the differences of Rochester’s and Antoinette’s worlds as well as their different ways of looing at life. Antoinette believes in mysteries and imaginings. Rochester is more practical and realistic. This also previews the various interpretations people will give Rochester about Antoinette’s life before he met her. This conversational sequence points out that every place and every story is open to individual interpretation.
This is the most idyllic time of Rochester’s and Antoinette’s relationship. They sleep together, make love, and wake up feeling happy. They enjoy one another’s company and take time to share details about themselves to become more deeply acquainted. Antoinette and Rochester are patient with one another in trying to understand their different personalities, their likes and dislikes, and the way they treat the people around them. For instance, Rochester tends to not like the black people who work at the house. Antoinette tells him that he just does not understand them. For example, Rochester thinks Christophine speaks rudely. She curses in front of them, which he thinks is disrespectful. Antoinette loves Christophine as she would a mother. She tries to explain that Christophine’s social manner is typical for the island people.
In the morning, Rochester is anxious to get out of bed and explore the area. However, Antoinette tells him she is lazy and often spends whole days in bed. She tells him to explore by himself and gives him directions on how to get to a bathing pool not too far away. Rochester does so without complaint. Later in the day Antoinette joins him at the pool and takes time to bathe him in the warm water. In the evening, they watch the sunset together from the veranda. At night,...
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