Mr Rochester Key Quotes- Jane Eyre

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  • Mr Rochester
    • "I summon you as my wife; it is only you I intend to marry"
      • Quotes addressed to Jane/ about Jane
        • "almost unearthly thing"
        • "Poor and obscure and plain as you are"
        • "Goodnight, my -" He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me"
        • "I envy you, your peace of mind,your clean conscience, your unpolluted memory"
        • "I knew you would do me good in some way, at some time-- I saw it in your eyes when i first beheld you."
        • "My bride is here, because my equal is here and my likeness.Jane, will you marry me?"
        • "I see at intervals the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close-set bars of a cage..."
          • (Quote continued) " a vivid restless, resolute captive is there: were it but free, it would soar cloud high"
        • "I mentally shake hands with you for that answer"
    • Quotes about Rochester
      • "His presence in the room was more cheering than the brightest fire"
      • "Strong features, firm, grim mouth"
        • "all energy, decision, will, — were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me; they were full of an interest, an influence that quite mastered me”
      • "Sable waves of hair which lay horizontally over his brow"
      • "dark eyes"
      • "solid mass of intellectual organs"
      • "Decisive nose"
    • Critics Quotes/ Opinions
      • "After he goes blind, Rochester becomes domesticated. The Gothic has been tamed ... by marital love"
      • "symbolic castration" Richard Chase
        • A punishment for his earlier promiscuity
      • Acknowledging the mad woman in the physiologically frees his mind allowing Rochester to discover true fulfilment.
        • (quote continued) Rochester thus turned the destructive fire into a purifying one.
      • Rochester is most likely a remnant of the children's sensational world,the poetic antithesis of all that was dull, dreary, routine, and circumscribed in the worlds of Haworth Parsonage.
    • Rochester:  Imagery
      • Fire Imagery
        • "on fire with impatience"
          • (describing how Rochester feels on his wedding day)
        • " a lamp quenched waiting to be re lit "
          • This is how Jane describes Rochester when she sees him for the first time after the fire.
      • Bird Imagery
        • "a royal eagle,chained to a perch"
          • Jane describes his as this as she now feels that he is dependent on her after he obtained his injuries from the fire.
        • " I heard one of your kinds an hour ago, singing high over in the wood."
          • "but its song had no music for "
          • Rochester refers to Jane as a song bird, however the birds voice does not make Rochester as happy as Jane does.
    • "I know my maker sanctions what i do"
      • Rochester trying to justify his bigamy
    • Rochester on Bertha
      • "That is MY WIFE"
        • "this young girl, who stands so grave and quiet at the mouth of hell,looking collectedly at the gambols of a demon"
      • "Compare these clear eyes with the red balls yonder-- this face with that mask"
        • Comparing Jane to purity,
    • Rochester showing features of a Byronic hero
      • Psychological and emotional intensity
        • "I have plenty of faults of my own, I know it"
      • Arrogance
        • "do you think of me handsome?"
        • "now demanded the master"
      • Alienation
        • "not fond of children or simple minder old ladies
      • Sexual/ attractive
        • "unconscious pride in his part"
        • "unusual breadth in his chest"


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