Pg.9 “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless
shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined
early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so somber, and a rain so penetrating, that further
outdoor exercise was out of the question.”
This paragraph is the first in the book. It immediately brings to light how ominous and isolated the life
the main character has. It shows how she is confined not only within the house but within herself. She
takes note of many details and routines that would normally have been overlooked by someone with a
more open lifestyle.
Pg.10 “I had nothing to say to these words: they were not new to me: my very first recollections of…show more content… It must be rather frequent seeing as she can take
descriptive note over the event. She seems to be at times separate in mind and body.
Pg.48 “Not at all, Bessie; indeed, just now I am rather sorry. Just now! and rather! How coolly my little
lady says it! I daresay now if I were to ask you for a kiss you wouldn’t give it to me: you’d say you’d
This shows the true relationship between Bessie and Jane. They are far more open and energetic with
one another. There is obvious affection from Bessie when she says ‘my little lady’ to Jane.
Pg.49 “No, Bessie: she came to my crib last night when you were gone down to supper, and said I need
not disturb her in the morning, or my cousins either; and she told me to remember that she had always
my best friend, and to speak of her and be grateful to her accordingly.”
This shows the position imposed by Mrs. Reed. She states that she is Jane’s best friend and that