Jane Eyre Chapters 37-38 Summary

     Jane has difficulties in finding Rochester's new home, but the road finally opens before her eyes and she spots a fence and an old, shabby house. As she gets closer, she notices a man figure coming out of the house, looking a bit lost, as if it cannot find its way. She realizes it must be Rochester, struggling with his blindness. Her heart pounds, but she refuses to get any closer and continues to observe. Rochester is not only blind, but crippled also, his left hand was badly hurt in the fire. One of the two servants asks Rochester if he needs any help, but Rochester rejects help roughly.

     Jane decides to enter the house from the back, so that Rochester does not notice her. When one of the servants opens the door, she is shocked by the sight. Jane hushes her so that she does not ruin the surprise, and asks her to inform Rochester that he has a guest. Servant replies that Rochester is rejecting to see any guests. In that moment, a bell rings, notifying servants that Rochester needs them. Jane decides to respond to the bell herself and takes a glass of water. While entering Rochester's room, she trembles with the excitement and is obviously not the only one, since Pilot, Rochester's dog, recognizes her and starts jumping around out of happiness. Jane approaches Rochester without uttering a word, which Rochester finds unusual, insisting to know who is there. Jane does not have to say her name, Rochester recognizes her by her voice and grabs her by the hands to make sure that he is really talking to her. After she informs him that she is an independent woman now, as she has inherited the money, he finds it hard to believe that she is not obliged to leave him again. Overtly excited, he wants to know everything about Jane's previous year, where she was, what she was doing, but Jane will not tell him everything at once. She wants to get some rest first.

     The following day they spend the entire morning and the afternoon talking. Rochester tells her how disappointed he was to see that she did not take any money with her on the day she left, nor a pearl necklace he gave her as a present, while Jane narrates the whole story about her departure from Thornfield Hall, omitting the poignant details about her starvation. As soon as Rochester learns that Jane was living in a house of another man, he shows jealousy by being curious to find out who is that man and how he looks. Jane describes St. John as a young, handsome, good and intelligent man, which stings Rochester's ego. He cannot hold his jealousy and says that she did not have to come back as she has a man who will marry her. Jane explains that she is not in love with St. John, nor she will ever be his wife, repeating again that she is independent woman who can do whatever she likes, and that she came back to be with Rochester forever. Rochester seizes the moment and asks Jane to be his wife.

     The last chapter of the book starts with Jane getting married to Rochester. Their wedding is modest, without guests. Not even their two servants know about it. Once they return home, Jane announces that they got married, and both servants are equally happy for them. Soon, Jane sends letters to her cousins, Marry, Diana and St. John, to inform them about the news. Marry and Diana are truly happy about the news, however, St. John replies to the letter without showing any interest in her marriage.

     Furthermore, Jane decides to visit Adèle in her school, and finds her thin and unhappy, although very moved by Jane's visit. Jane recalls her memory of Lowood, and immediately sends the girl in a new school, where she finally finds happiness.

     The writer then jumps ten years forward, ending the novel with Jane's narration on what have happened with other characters. Having finished the school, Adèle got married to a good man. Jane is happy to inform a reader that they occasionally visit each other. When it comes to Mary and Diana, they both got married and are happy with their lives. In a way, St. John is happy too. The last letter he wrote brought tears to her eyes, as it seemed that his life was coming to its end. Jane is now sure that the next letter will not be signed by him, but is happy for him as he has achieved the goal, he is united with God completely.

     Finally, when it comes to her life with Rochester, they are as happy as they can be. Life has brought them two miracles- the first one is Rochester's recovered sight, and the second one is a child.

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