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[after she has saved Rochester from the fire burning him in his sleep]
Jane Eyre: A noise aroused me from my sleep.
Rochester: What noise?
Jane Eyre: There was someone at my door.
Rochester: Stay here. Don’t make sound.
[he leaves her in his room]
[Jane looks up to see Rochester return to his room a few hours after the fire incident]
Rochester: Say nothing about this. You’re no talking fool.
Jane Eyre: But…
Rochester: I’ll account for this state of affairs. Say nothing.
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
[she walks past him and hands him back his robe as if to leave]
Rochester: Is that how you would leave me? Jane, fire is a horrible death. You’ve saved my life. Don’t walk past me as if we were strangers.
Jane Eyre: But what am I to do then?
[he holds out his hand and she places her hand in his]
Rochester: I have a pleasure in owing you my life.
Jane Eyre: There is no debt.
Rochester: I knew you would do me good in some way. I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you. Their expression did not strike my very inmost being so for nothing. People talk of natural sympathies… you.
[he leans close to her as if to kiss her]
Jane Eyre: Good night then, sir.
Rochester: You will leave me then?
Jane Eyre: I am cold.
[the day after Jane has rescued Rochester from the fire incident]
Jane Eyre: Has Mr. Rochester not sent for us today?
Mrs. Fairfax: Why he’s gone away. Were you not aware? He left after breakfast. He’s gone to The Leese. It’s Mr. Eshton’s place. I believe Blanche Ingram is there. She’s a great favorite of his. I saw her two years ago, when Mr. Rochester gave a party here. She’s a most elegant girl. They sang a duet together. They made a lovely harmony. I was quite surprised he hasn’t made a proposal, but she has no fortune. In every other way they’d make a splendid match. Perhaps it’s his intention now. He’s far more likely to have gone off to Europe. He often goes without as so much as fare ye well, and I don’t see him for a year.
[after Rochester returns to Thornfield with his party of friends]
Mrs. Fairfax: Tonight, he wants both of you in the drawing room after dinner.
Jane Eyre: Not me, surely?
Mrs. Fairfax: I was instructed to tell you, if you resist, he’ll come up and get you himself.
Jane Eyre: But I don’t have a dress.
Mrs. Fairfax: Well, don’t worry child. Who’ll notice!
[Jane is sitting in the drawing room overhearing their conversation]
Lady Ingram: I thought you were not fond of children, Mr. Rochester.
Rochester: Nor am I, Lady Ingram.
Colonel Dent: What induced you to take charge of her.
Rochester: She was left on my hands.
Blanche Ingram: Why don’t you send her to school?
Rochester: She has a governess.
Blanche Ingram: Poor child. I had about half a dozen in my day. All detestable incubi.
Lady Ingram: Mr. Rochester, beware of the governess.
Blanche Ingram: Mama thinks they’re generally hysterics.
Or degenerates. I thank heaven I have done with them.
Blanche Ingram: It’s a miracle I survived my education. I remember Miss Wilson screaming; ‘You villainous child!’
Lord Ingram: Blanche, you tried to set her hair on fire. Frequently, I might add.
[everyone laughs at this comment]
Blanche Ingram: Anyway, enough of this dreary race. We shall have music and a new subject.
[as she’s sat by the piano ready to play a tune]
Blanche Ingram: Senior Eduardo, what shall it be?
Rochester: I give you beauty.
Blanche Ingram: There’s nothing new to be said. I give you back male beauty.
Lady Ingram: Well, that’s my son!
Lord Ingram: Here, here.
Blanche Ingram: A man should pay no heed to his looks. He should possess only strength and valor. Gentlemen or highwaymen, his beauty lies in his power.
Rochester: Then a pirate would do for you?
[following Jane as she has left the drawing room]
Rochester: Why did you leave the room?
Jane Eyre: I’m tired, sir.
Rochester: Why didn’t you come and speak to me? I haven’t seen you for weeks. Would have been normal and polite to wish me good evening.
Jane Eyre: You seemed engaged.
Rochester: You look pale.
Jane Eyre: I am well.
Rochester: What have you been doing while I’ve been away?
Jane Eyre: Teaching Adele.
Rochester: You’re depressed. What’s the meaning of this? You’re eyes are full…
[he gets interrupted by Mrs. Fairfax entering to inform him of Richard Mason’s arrival]
[after finding out Richard Mason has come to visit him]
Rochester: Jane, this is a blow. If I were to go to those people, and they looked at me coldly, and sneered and then left me one by one, what would you do? Would you go with them?
Jane Eyre: No, sir. I’d stay with you.
Rochester: You’d dare condemnation for my sake?
Jane Eyre: For the sake of any friend who deserved it.
[to Jane after he’s taken her to Mason, who has been mysteriously wounded]
Rochester: I must go for the doctor. Sponge the blood away when it returns. Give him water if he wants it. Do not speak to him for any reason.
[turning to the wounded Mason]
Rochester: And Richard, on pain of death, do not speak to her.
[after Mason has been taken away by the doctor]
Rochester: It’s a strange night you’ve passed.
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Rochester: You showed no fear.
Jane Eyre: I was afraid of the inner room.
Rochester: You were in no danger.
Jane Eyre: Mr. Rochester, who did that violence?
Rochester: I cannot tell you.
Jane Eyre: Why do you protect them?
Rochester: I dragged through life a capital error. Its consequence blights my existence. For years, I’ve sought to escape it. This spring I came home, heart sore and soul withered. And I met a gentle stranger whose society revives me. With her I feel I could live again in a higher, purer way. Tell me, am I justified in overleaping an obstacle of custom to obtain her?
Jane Eyre: There is an obstacle?
Rochester: A mere conventional impediment.
Jane Eyre: But what can it be? If you cherish an affection, sir, than fortune alone cannot impede you.
Jane Eyre: And if the lady is of noble stock, and has indicated that she may reciprocate.
Rochester: Jane, of whom do you think I speak?
Jane Eyre: Of Miss Ingram.
[Rochester gets annoyed with her answer]
Rochester: I’m asking what Jane Eyre would do to secure my happiness.
Jane Eyre: I would do anything for you, sir. Anything that was right.
Rochester: You transfix me quite. I feel I can speak to you now of my lovely one. For you’ve met her and you know her. She’s a rare one, isn’t she?
[he places a small flower in her hair]
Rochester: Fresh and healthy. Without soil or taint. I’m sure she’ll regenerate me with a vengeance.
[she walks up to Rochester and Blanche and interrupts their intimate game]
Jane Eyre: Excuse me, sir?
Blanche Ingram: Does that creeping creature want you?
Rochester: Excuse me.
[hands him a letter]
Jane Eyre: This is from my old nurse, Bessie. She says my cousin, John Reed, is dead. He squandered his fortune and has committed suicide. The news has so shocked my aunt, it’s brought on a stroke.
Rochester: What, the aunt who cast you out?
Jane Eyre: She’s been asking for me. I parted from her badly and I can’t neglect her wishes now.
Rochester: Promise me you won’t stay long.
Jane Eyre: Mr. Rochester, I’ve had no wages. I need funds for my journey.
Rochester: How much do I owe you?
Jane Eyre: Thirty pounds.
[he gets up to get the money]
Rochester: Here’s fifty.
Jane Eyre: That’s too much!
Rochester: Take your wages, Jane.
Jane Eyre: I cannot.
Rochester: Then I only have ten.
[she takes the money]
Jane Eyre: Now you owe me.
Rochester: Indeed I do. In time. I shall safe guard it here.
[pats his coat pocket where he’s placed the rest of the money]
Rochester: Do you trust me to keep it?
Jane Eyre: Not a wit, sir. But you are not to be trusted at all.
[she turns and walks out of the room]
[Jane visits Mrs. Reed at her deathbed]
Mrs. Reed: Jane, I’ve twice done you wrong. I broke the vow I made to Reed.
Please, don’t think of it.
Mrs. Reed: Open that box. Take out the letter and read it.
[Jane opens the boxes and takes out the letter reading it out loud]
Jane Eyre: Madam, will you have the goodness to send me the address of my niece, Jane Eyre. I desire her to come to me at Madeira. Fortune has blessed my endeavors and as I am childless I wish to adopt her and bequeath her at my death, whatever I may have to leave. Yours, John Eyre, Madeira.
[referring to her uncle’s letter]
Jane Eyre: This is dated three years ago. Why did I never hear of it?
Mrs. Reed: Because I wrote and told him you died of typhus at Lowood School. You called the names of the dead down upon me. You cursed me.
Jane Eyre: I would have loved you if you had let me.
Mrs. Reed: You were born to be my torment.
Jane Eyre: Then love me or hate me as you will. You have my full and free forgiveness. Be at peace.
[she walks away leaving the room]
Jane Eyre: [voice over] My dear Uncle, some years ago my aunt Reed mistakenly informed you that I had died. I’m writing to tell you that I’m very much alive and gratified to find I have a relative. I look forward to our correspondence, hoping one day we may meet. I’m currently living at Thornfield Hall, where I am governess to the ward of Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester.
Rochester: Ah, there you are! Just like one of your tricks to steal in along with the twilight. If I dared to touch you, see if you were real. Come, Jane. Stay your wandering feet at a friend’s threshold.
[he hold out his hand to her which she takes]
Jane Eyre: Thank you, Mr. Rochester, for your great kindness. I’m strangely glad to get back again.
Mrs. Fairfax: There’s been nothing official yet, but he’s ordered jewels from his bank. And he’s making preparations to travel to Europe.
[Adele enters the room and greets Jane]
Mrs. Fairfax: He’s taking to singing the operas Miss Ingram favors so well. We’ll hear their announcement soon, I’m sure.
Jane Eyre: You are to be married.
Rochester: I see Mrs. Fairfax has intimated my intention. Put my neck into the sacred noose.
Jane Eyre: Adele should go to school and I must seek another situation.
[as she’s walking away she turns]
Jane Eyre: Congratulations, sir.
Rochester: Thornfield is a pleasant place in spring, isn’t it?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Rochester: You’ll be sorry to part with it. It’s always the way with events in life. No sooner have you got settled, and a voice cries; rise and move on. I’ll find you a new situation, Jane. One I hope that you’ll accept.
Jane Eyre: I shall be ready when the order to march comes.
Rochester: Must I really lose a faithful paid subordinate, such as yourself?
Jane Eyre: You must.
Rochester: We’ve been good friends, haven’t we?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir.
Rochester: I’ve a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string, somewhere under my left ribs. Tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave, I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.
Jane Eyre: How? I have lived a full life here. I have not been trampled. I have not been petrified. I have not been excluded from every glimpse of what is bright. I have known you, Mr. Rochester. And it strikes me with anguish to be torn from you.
Rochester: Then why must you leave?
Jane Eyre: Because of your wife!
Rochester: I have no wife!
Jane Eyre: But you are to be married!
Rochester: Jane, you must stay.
Jane Eyre: And become nothing to you? Am I a machine without feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, obscure, plain and little that I am soulless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart! And if God had blessed me with beauty and wealth, I could make it as hard for your to leave me as it is for I to leave you. I’m not speaking to you through mortal flesh. It is my spirit that addresses your spirit. As if we’d passed through the grave and stood at God’s feet equal. As we are!
Rochester: As we are.
[Rochester takes hold of Jane but she tries to struggle free]
Jane Eyre: I’m a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.
Rochester: Then let your will decide your destiny. I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal and my likeness. Will you marry me?
Jane Eyre: Are you mocking me?
Rochester: Do you doubt me?
Jane Eyre: Entirely! Your bride is Miss Ingram.
Rochester: Miss Ingram! She is the machine without feelings. It’s you, you rare unearthly thing. Poor and obscure as you are. Please accept me as your husband. I must have you for my own.
Jane Eyre: You wish me to be your wife?
Rochester: I swear it.
Jane Eyre: You love me?
Rochester: I do.
Jane Eyre: Then, sir, I will marry you.
[they kiss passionately]
[after Mrs. Fairfax has found out about Rochester proposing to Jane]
Jane Eyre: Am I a monster? Is it so impossible that Mr. Rochester should love me?
Mrs. Fairfax: No! I’ve long noticed you were a sort of pet of his. But you’re so young and you’re so little acquainted with men. I don’t want to grieve you child, but let me just put you on your guard. Gentlemen in his position, well let’s just say, they’re not accustomed to marry their governesses. Until you are wed, distrust yourself as well as him. Please, keep him at a distance.
[Jane is pacing in distress as Rochester rides towards her]
Rochester: What is it?
Jane Eyre: Jane doesn’t answer
Rochester: Jane Eyre with nothing to say!
Jane Eyre: Everything seems unreal.
Rochester: I am real enough.
[she goes towards him and leans her head on his thigh]
Jane Eyre: You sir, are the most phantom like of all.
[as she’s looking at her wedding gown]
Jane Eyre: I will be Jane Eyre no longer.
[to Jane and Rochester as they are about to exchange their marriage vows]
Clergyman Wood: I require and charge you both, as you will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be revealed, that if either do know of any impediment why you may not be joined together lawfully, you do now confess it.
[there’s a small pause]
Clergyman Wood: Edward Fairfax Rochester, do you take…
a man enters the church and interrupts the preceding
Briggs: The marriage cannot go on! An insurmountable impediment exists.
[Rochester ignores Briggs and turns to the priest]
Briggs: I affirm and can prove…
[to the priest]
Briggs: That Edward Fairfax Rochester was fifteen years married to my sister, Bertha Antoinette Mason, at St. James’s Church, Spanish Town, Jamaica. A copy of the register is now in my possession. Signed, Richard Mason.
[Richard enters the church and Rochester walks towards him]
Richard Mason: She lives at Thornfield Hall.
[Rochester suddenly attacks Richard and starts strangling him]
[to the priest, Briggs and Richard Mason]
Rochester: This girl knew nothing of this. She though all was fair and legal. She never dreamt she was being entrapped into a feigned union with a defrauded wretch.
[he walks towards Jane and takes hold of her hand]
Rochester: Come, Jane. Come, all of you! Meet my wife.
[Jane comes out of her room she sees Rochester lying outside the hallway]
Rochester: Jane! Forgive me. I’m worthless. How could I?
[Jane walks towards him and he puts out his arm to stop her from going past him]
Rochester: Jane. No tears? Why don’t you cry? Why not scream at me? I deserve a hail of fire.
Jane Eyre: I need some water.
Rochester: Of course.
[she walks past him but is too weak to continue so he gets hold of her and carries her]
[after he gives her something to drink]
Rochester: How are you now?
Jane Eyre: I will be well again soon.
[he goes to kiss her but she turns her face away]
Rochester: I know how you are thinking. Talking is of no use. You’re thinking how to act.
Jane Eyre: All is changed, sir. I must leave you.
Rochester: No. No! Jane, do you love me?
[near to tears she nods her head to confirm]
Rochester: Then the essential things are the same. Be my wife.
Jane Eyre: You have a wife.
Rochester: I pledge you my own, my fidelity.
Jane Eyre: You cannot!
Rochester: My love until death do us part.
Jane Eyre: What of the truth?
Rochester: I would have told you the truth.
Jane Eyre: You are deceitful, sir.
Rochester: I was wrong to deceive you. I see that now. It was cowardly. I should have appealed to your spirit, as I do now. Bertha Antoinette Mason, she was wanted by my father for her fortune. I hardly spoke with her before the wedding. I lived with her for four years. Her temper ripened, her vices sprang up, violent and unchaste. Only cruelty would check her and I’d not use cruelty. I was chained to her for life, Jane. Not even the law could free me. Have you ever set foot in a mad house, Jane?
Jane Eyre: No, sir.
Rochester: The inmates are caged and bated like beasts. I spared her that at least.
[Jane begins to cry]
Jane Eyre: Yes. I pity you, sir.
Rochester: Who would you offend my living with me? Who would care?
Jane Eyre: I would.
Rochester: You’d rather drive me to madness, than break some mere human law?
Jane Eyre: I must respect myself.
Rochester: Listen to me. Listen.
[he puts his hands round her throat and begins to cry]
Rochester: I could bend you with my finger and my thumb! A mere reed you feel in my hands.
[he lets go of her throat and she gets up from her seat and he holds on to her skirt]
Rochester: But whatever I do with this cage, I cannot get at you. And it is your soul that I want. Why don’t you come of your own free will?
Jane Eyre: God help me!
[she pushes his hands away from her skirt and walks out of the room]
[visiting her at the school house]
St John Rivers: I asked how you were?
Jane Eyre: I’m getting on very well.
St John Rivers: Do you find the work too hard?
Jane Eyre: Not at all.
St John Rivers: Is the solitude an oppression?
Jane Eyre: I hardly have time to notice it.
St John Rivers: Then perhaps you are dwelling on things past.
Jane Eyre: When I came to your door I had nothing. Now I have a home and work, free and honest. I thank God for the generosity of my friends.
St John Rivers: What you had left before I met you I don’t know. But I council you to resist firmly every temptation to look back.
Jane Eyre: It’s what I intend to do.
St John Rivers: A year ago, I was myself intensely miserable. I scorned this weakness. I Fought hard against it and won. I wonder if we do not share the same ally. You are ambitious, I think. And this little school will not hold you for long.
St John Rivers: I saw an advertisement in the Times from a solicitor named Briggs. Enquiring for a Jane Eyre. I knew a Jane Elliott. This paper resolved my suspicion into certainty.
[he shows her the drawing of Adele he’d taken from her]
St John Rivers: And so I wrote to him. He told the story of a young governess and her employer, a Mr. Fairfax Rochester.
Jane Eyre: Mr. Rivers.
St John Rivers: I can guess your feeling, but please, hear me.
Jane Eyre: As you know so much perhaps you’ll tell me how he is.
St John Rivers: Who?
Jane Eyre: Mr. Rochester.
St John Rivers: I’m ignorant of all concerning him.
Jane Eyre: But he has been seeking me?
St John Rivers: No. He hasn’t. Mr. Briggs has.
Jane Eyre: And what does he want with me?
St John Rivers: Merely to tell you that your uncle, Mr. John Eyre of Madeira is dead. That he has left you all his property and that you are now rich.
Jane Eyre: What?
St John Rivers: You are rich. Quite an heiress.
[Jane in shock from hearing that her uncle is dead and has left her all his wealth]
St John Rivers: Will you ask how much you are worth
Jane Eyre: How much am I worth?
St John Rivers: Twenty thousand pounds.
[he laughs at her shocked reaction]
St John Rivers: If you had committed a murder and I’d found you out, you could scarcely look more aghast.
Jane Eyre: There must be some mistake.
St John Rivers: Not at all. You look desperately miserable about it, I must say.
Jane Eyre: Mr. St John, the debt I owe to you and your sisters…
St John Rivers: Is nothing.
Jane Eyre: You’ve saved my life. Please, write to them. This money frees us. They will have five thousand each, and so will you, if you’ll take it.
St John Rivers: Certainly not!
Jane Eyre: And if you would accept me as sister, perhaps we could live together at Moore House.
St John Rivers: I told you the news too quickly. You’re confused.
Jane Eyre: My only relative is dead. You have family. You cannot know what isolation means!
St John Rivers: And you cannot know what it means to be wealthy.
Jane Eyre: I have been alone always. I’ve never had a brother or sisters. Please, let me be yours!
[St John does not answer]
Jane Eyre: Are you reluctant to have me?
St John Rivers: No, Miss Eyre. On the contrary. I shall write to my sisters as you request.
Jane Eyre: Brother.
[she hugs him]
St John Rivers: Jane, I go to India in six weeks. I can see what your gifts are and why they were given. God intended you for a missionary’s wife. I want to claim you.
Jane Eyre: I’m not fit for it.
St John Rivers: I trust you unreservedly. And know this, in you I recognize a fellow soul.
Jane Eyre: I will go with you to India.
St John Rivers: Jane.
Jane Eyre: I’ll go, if I may go free.
St John Rivers: Free? How can I take out to India a girl of nineteen, unless she is my wife?
Jane Eyre: I love you as a brother. As a husband, no. My heart is mute.
St John Rivers: Then I must speak for it. You’ve said you’ll come. We shall marry and undoubtedly enough of love would follow.
Jane Eyre: Enough of love?
St John Rivers: Yes, quite enough.
Jane Eyre: Of love?
St John Rivers: Yes. In all its forms.
Jane Eyre: Forgive me, but the very name of love is an apple of discord between us. My dear brother, abandon your scheme of marriage!
St John Rivers: Why this refusal? It makes no sense.
Jane Eyre: I earnestly wish to be your friend.
St John Rivers: You can’t give half a sacrifice. You must give all!
Jane Eyre: To marry you would kill me!
St John Rivers: Kill you? Kill you? Those words are unfeminine and untrue.
St John Rivers: I know why you’re heart turns into what it still clings. Say his name. Say it. Say it!
[suddenly Jane hears Rochester’s voice call out her name through the wind]
St John Rivers: Why have you not yet crushed this loves passion?
[Jane ignores St John and looks around her for Rochester]
St John Rivers: Jane! It offends me and it offends God!
[Jane turns away from St John and addresses Rochester’s voice]
Jane Eyre: What is it? Where are you? Wait for me.
St John Rivers: Why do you speak to the air? Jane?
[Jane keeps on walking looking for Rochester, she hears his voice again calling her name]
Jane Eyre: I am coming.
[she carries on walking towards Rochester’s voice]
St John Rivers: Jane!
[to Jane, referring to how the fire had started at Thornfield Hall]
Mrs. Fairfax: No one knows how it started. I expect that Mrs. Poole took too much of the gin and water and as she slept the lady, Mrs. Rochester, unlocked the keys. She did what she failed to do a year ago, set the whole place to fire. We would have all perished in the smoke, but Mr. Rochester would not rest until we were all safe. Then he went in for her. The flames were tearing up so high it brought men running from the village. I saw her standing on the roof, the very edge. I heard Mr. Rochester beg her to come down. But…she jumped. Mr. Rochester remained as if he would not move until the fire consumed him.
Mrs. Fairfax: I didn’t know. I didn’t know it was his wife, I promise you! Why did you run away, child? I would have helped you. I had some money saved. You could have come to me.
[she hugs Jane]
Jane Eyre: Where is he?
[last lines; as Jane approaches Rochester, pilot hears her and moves from Rochester’s side]
[Jane comes closer to Rochester]
Rochester: Who’s there?
[Jane comes closer to him and touches his hand which he takes hold of]
Rochester: This hand.
[he touches her face]
Rochester: Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre: Edward, I am come back to you.
[he stands up and holds her face in his hands]
Jane Eyre: Fairfax Rochester with nothing to say.
Rochester: You altogether a human being, Jane?
Jane Eyre: I conscientiously believe so.
Rochester: I dream.
[she rests her head on his shoulder as he holds her close]
Jane Eyre: Awaken then.
Total Quotes: 88
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