Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 430
Rochester and Antoinette are leaving Granbois. When Rochester looks at his wife’s face, he notices it is expressionless. She stares blankly ahead of her without one tear. Rochester concludes that Antoinette has no tears inside her; she is incapable of feeling any emotion. In contrast, when Rochester looks back at the old house, he feels sadness. The house will fall apart, he is sure. The forest will claim it now that there is no one left to take care of it. Rochester also notes that Baptiste looks very different. There is nothing in Baptiste’s treatment of Rochester to denote that he is Rochester’s servant. Although Baptiste has remained polite in his dealings with him, Rochester is well aware of the undercurrent of Baptiste’s contempt for him. Rochester believes that everyone thinks he is in the wrong in his relationship with and treatment of Antoinette.
Although Rochester appears conflicted—sometimes wanting to hold Antoinette and claim her, wrap his arms around her—he also is disquieted in Antoinette’s presence. When he looks at her, he sees her hatred for him. He meets her negative emotions with his own. Deep within him, he is angry that he allowed her to buy him, to lure him to her. He feels she betrayed him. She went along with her family’s plan. She pretended to love him so he would marry her. He promises himself that he will never allow her to deceive him again. He will never trust her again. He will never give her another chance to play to his vulnerabilities. He will...
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