Jane Eyre Chapters 25-28 Summary

     With the wedding preparations almost over, Jane should feel happy and at ease, but she is overwhelmed with bad signs that cause her restless and dreadful. In the night when Rochester is absent from home, a sudden weather change, with heavy rain and strong winds strikes Thornfield Hall. She trembles with anxiety, hoping to see Rochester soon. On his arrival, she has an urge to share with him her trepidation. Hoping to hear the words of comfort, Jane describes in great details her numerous dreams, each more ominous than the other. In one of her dreams, the night was dark and gusty, bringing her uneasiness. As if that was not enough, a little child appeared. But no words of comfort are uttered, as Rochester discards her dreams as pure nervousness which is normal prior to wedding. Jane insists to share with him another dream, in which Thornfield Hall was turned into ruin, with bats and owls around. She held a child in her arms when sudden noise scared her so much that she dropped the child out of her hands and woke up. However, that was not the end of her horror, since she realized that she was not alone in her room. There was a monstrous person before her eyes, with her veil on its head. The monster turned toward Jane, ripping the veil into pieces and turning the candle off. Jane was so overwhelmed with the scene that she lost her conscious.

     It seems that Rochester ponders over previously described scenes of horror, but actually he is plotting to attribute it all to her fancy, unsure what to do with the living proof of Jane's terror- the torn veil, so he explains that it must have been that crazy Grace Pool, who entered Jane's room, giving a reasonable explanation that her imagination turned the scene into a horror.

     In the following scene, the wedding day has arrived. Jane is having final preparations before going to church, but does not seem excited. On the other hand, Rochester is impatient and rushes her so that they get to the nearby church as soon as possible. With no wedding guests, there should be just two of them. However, Jane spots two men in the churchyard and finds it weird, while Rochester ignores their presence and enters the church. Although it all starts as a regular wedding service, soon it gets interrupted by the men, who declare the marriage illegal, as Mr. Rochester is already married. Rochester remains silent to the accusations, insisting on clergyman to proceed with the service, but clergyman explains that he cannot go on until he investigates the case. Realizing there is no subterfuge that would sort this situation out, Rochester coldly admits that it is true that he has a wife. With the evidence of the existing marriage and Mr. Mason's witnessing to have seen his sister Bertha Mason alive in Thornfield Hall, they all head there to verify the claim.

     Rochester heads first and opens the door of the attic, despite Grace's warnings that Bertha might hurt them all. He lets Bertha see him and she immediately fixates her eyes on him, rushing toward him. Rochester then turns to his guests and introduces his living wife. Jane is devastated, but this is not the only shocking news she gets. The lawyer explains the set of circumstances that have led to this incident, and informs that her uncle, Mr. John Eyre, is the one who hired him to prevent her from marrying Rochester.

     Once alone, Jane can finally grieve upon Rochester's betrayal. Her grief lasts for couple of months before she decides that she cannot bear it any longer. Her last meeting with Rochester is long and painful. Jane announces that she cannot stay in Thornfield. Rochester uses the opportunity to finally explains what led to this situation, how he was tricked into marrying Bertha in the first place, why he had to keep his wife hidden in the attic, hoping to make Jane change her mind and make her stay. Still, Jane is implacable and leaves Thornfield Hall during the night. She roams for a long time, until she is sure that Rochester cannot send anyone for her. Exhaustion slows her down and forces her to look for a place to stay. She visits a village in a pursue for a job of any kind, but people are unfriendly at the sight of a wanderer and no one wants to hire her. She is compelled to move on and begs for food and shelter. The weather worsens and so does her chance of survival. Exhausted with hunger, she stops by one house whose inmates catch her attention. The sight of them sitting and talking brings her temporary peace, making her forget about her woes. She decides to ask them for help, but the servant who responds to her knock on the door is not willing to let her in. Jane tries to explain that her life hangs in the balance, but the woman does not want to hear about it. Suddenly, a man, who seem to be an owner of the house, appears and lets Jane into the house. Too worn out to speak, Jane immediately falls asleep.

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