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What I didn't notice before

Call me slow, but I didn't notice that Rochester does attempt to hold himself back from Jane.

He cuts himself off at the end of Chapter 15 when he would most likely have said something romantic.

He then runs away for an extended period of time and doesn't come home without guests to act as a buffer between himself and Jane.

Or am I reading too much into his actions?

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krikketgirl
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not even reading along this time (too many other books I need to plow through), but Rochester is awesome, so I think this just makes him more awesome. : D I think he is trying to do the right thing.
ruthette
Jul. 17th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
...at this point, even though he acts out of complete selfishness in later chapters.

And yet I love him.

Hmmmmm.
singersdd
Jul. 14th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree. I think he was trying to keep himself distant from Jane and tried to do the right thing, but darn, Jane's just too awesome to resist. :)
ruthette
Jul. 17th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Which is why he acts in complete selfishness in later chapters. :)
mattiescottage
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
I really do like this idea of him wanting to "do the right thing." I definitely can see that not only at the end of Chapter 15, but also earlier, after he first met her, when he gives her much space (Chapter 14) between his first interview with her and eventually calling her again for an evening of conversation (with Adele and Mrs. Fairfax in the background), when he makes his resolution to pursue the pleasure that life has denied him. Even then he plots his course patiently, for we find that eight weeks have passed between his appearance at Thornfield and the night of the bed fire.

We cannot forget, however, that he does appear to be plotting a course.

I think subsequent chapters answer the question of whether his extended leave and return with guests are really intended as a buffer.
ruthette
Jul. 15th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Yes..... He does admit that he uses Blanche only to make Jane jealous (and also teach her a "well needed" lesson), which dims the glow of his halo somewhat.
butterbobbin
Jul. 15th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
I see it the same way. Just got there. Rochester is no fool.
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