Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront, publishedby Smith, Elder & Company of London in1847, is one of the most influential and famousof English novels. Bront first styled it JaneEyre: An Autobiography under the pseudonymCurrer Bell. It was an immediate critical andpopular success. Especially effusive in hispraise was William Makepeace Thackeray, towhom Bront dedicated the novel's secondedition, which was illustrated by F. H.Townsend.
A British novelist, theeldest of the threefamous Bronte sisters whosenovels have becomestandards of Englishliterature. Charlotte Bronfe isbest known for Jane Eyre,one of the most famous ofBritish novels.
NOTE TO THE THIRD EDITION
CHAPTER 38 ——CONCLUSION
A PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION of Jane Eyre beingunnecessary, I gave none: this second edition demands a few wordsboth of acknowledgment and miscellaneous remark. My thanks are due in three quarters.
WEEK PASSED, and no news arrived of Mr.Rochester: ten days, and still he did not come. Mrs.Fairfax said she should not be surprised if he wereto go straight from the Leas to London, and thence to theContinent, and not show his face again at Thornfield for ayear to come; he had not unfrequently quitted it in a mannerquite as abrupt and unexpected. When I heard this, I wasbeginning to feel a strange chill and failing at the heart. I wasactually permitting myself to experience a sickening senseof disappointment; but rallying my wits, and recollectingmy principles, I at once called my sensations to order; andit was wonderful how I got over the temporary blunder——how I cleared up the mistake of supposing Mr. Rochester‘smovements a matter in which I had any cause to take a vitalinterest. Not that I humbled myself by a slavish notion ofinferiority: on the contrary, I just said—— “You have nothing to do with the master of Thornfield,further than to receive the salary he gives you for teachinghis protegee, and to be grateful for such respectful andkind treatment as, if you do your duty, you have a right toexpect at his hands. Be sure that is the only tie he seriouslyacknowledges between you and him; so don’t make himthe object of your fine feelings, your raptures, agonies, andso forth. He is not of your order: keep to your caste, and betoo self-respecting to lavish the love of the whole heart, soul,and strength, where such a gift is not wanted and would bedespised.”