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A conversation with Mrs Fairfax about Mr Rochester’s soon to be guests

In Chapter 16 of the novel Jane has a conversation with Mrs Fairfax about Mr Rochester s soon to be guests She specifically takes an interest in Blanche Ingram the most beautiful women according to Mrs Fairfax After hearing about the beauty and talent of Blanche Jane grows curious and wonders if there is anything going on between Ms Ingram and Mr Rochester Once alone she recollects the information she obtained earlier examines her thoughts and feelings and then decides she has ventured away from reality and common sense She tells herself there is no chance for her and Rochester and that she is being foolish To remind her of this and to suppress her feelings she creates two portraits one of her plain self and another of the astonishing Ms Ingram Jane s tone and diction along with sentence structure connect the passage to the emerging theme of appearance and beauty Charlotte Bronte s choice of words establishes a certain tone which exemplifies Jane s thoughts and feelings about not only herself but Blanche and Rochester as well The way the two portraits are described signifies how Jane sees herself and how she pictures Blanche They remind Jane of her plainness and Blanche s good looks while also helping her resist hoping there is a possibility of her gaining Rochester s love First off Mrs Fairfax puts Ms Ingram on a pedestal before Jane even lays eyes on her She says out of all the well dresses women at the Christmas Ball Rochester had years ago Blanche was considered the bell of the evening and certainly the queen page 158 

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