Main character and narrator. Starts out as a young angry 10 year old who develops into an independent woman. In the beginning she was thought of as living in the lower class with no independence but grows up to be admired.
The owner of Thornfield Manor and Jane’s lover. Was married to Bertha Mason but later married Jane. Loves Jane and makes Jane feel like she is part of a family. Was blinded by the fire Bertha started but then gained sight in one eye.
St. John Rivers
The evangelist who takes Jane in at Moor House. Cousin to Jane and brother to Diana and Mary. Refuses to give in to his love for Rosamond Oliver out of a sense of duty to God. Asks Jane to marry him to travel to India for missionary work. Jane refuses and he travels to India alone when he should have married Rosamond.
Jane’s friend at Lowood School who helped her through everything. Dies from a disease early on in Jane’s time at Lowood but serves as a mentor for Jane. Is an orphan and believes that her true family is waiting for her in Heaven.
Manager/ head of Lowood. Treats the students at Lowood with disrespect and cruelty. Uses money from Lowood to fund his own family.
Housekeeper at Thornfield. Extremely welcoming to Jane upon her arrival to Thornfield and serves as a surrogate mother for Jane. Warns Jane to not marry Mr. Rochester because she is concerned about the differences in age, social class, and Bertha Mason. Retires after Jane leaves with a generous pension from Mr. Rochester.
Edward Rochester’s insane wife. Married Mr. Rochester in order to join the two families to combine the wealth. Suffers from hereditary insanity and turns mad after marrying Mr. Rochester. Eventually is imprisoned in the attic at Thornfield and is guarded by Grace Poole. Later sets Thornfield on fire and jumps to her death.
Jane’s aunt who lives at Gateshead. Favors her own spoiled children and punishes Jane and locks her in the red-room. Sends her to Lowood and tells Jane’s uncle that she died of typhus fever at Lowood. Before Mrs. Reed dies, she tells Jane that she hated her because Mr. Reed loved her more than his biological children and refuses to apologize.
Servant at Gateshead. Jane’s only comfort at Gateshead and acts as a surrogate mother and is extremely kind to Jane and sometimes gives her tarts. Later visits Jane at Lowood and is impressed by how Jane has grown up. Married the Gateshead coachman, Robert Leaven and has 3 children and names the youngest Jane.
Jane’s cousin and brother to Eliza and Georgiana Reed. Spoiled by his mother and constantly bullies Jane and is responsible for her confinement in the red-room. Eventually becomes an alcoholic and avid gambler and commits suicide to escape his gambling debts.
Jane’s cousin and Eliza’s sister. Prettier of the two girls which makes her spoiled and selfish. Befriends Jane as Mrs. Reed dies and shows a lack of compassionate during her mother’s illness for the way she treated Jane. Blames Eliza for her failed plans to marry Lord Edwin Vere but later marries a wealthy man.
Jane’s cousin and Georgiana’s sister. Selfish and headstrong and extremely jealous of her sister’s beauty. Breaks up Georgiana’s engagement to Lord Edwin Vere. Becomes a devout Christian and breaks off all connections with Georgiana after her mother’s death and enters a convent in France. Becomes Mother Superior and leaves all her money to the church.
French-speaking ward of Mr. Rochester that Jane is hired to tutor. Daughter of the opera dancer Celine Varens. Lacks discipline and intellect but improves greatly under Jane’s protection. Later studies at a school of Jane’s choice and grows into a sensible and docile woman who becomes a good companion for Jane.
Bertha Mason’s keeper at Thornfield. Very fond of gin and occasional alcohol-induced naps, which allow Bertha to escape and wreck the house, including setting Mr. Rochester’s bedchamber on fire, ripping Jane’s wedding veil, and causing the fire that destroys Thornfield. Jane thinks Grace Poole is the cause of these incidents until she is informed that Mr. Rochester is married.
Young and beautiful society lady who is Jane’s primary romantic rival. Jane believes that Miss Ingram would be a poor match for Mr. Rochester but thinks he prefers her beautiful appearance over Jane’s. Blanche is only interested in Mr. Rochester for his money but Mr. Rochester pretends he likes Blanche to make Jane jealous.
Beautiful and kindly superintendent at Lowood. Strives to treat the students at Lowood with as much compassion as possible because Mr. Brocklehurst is cruel. Extremely kind to Jane and Helen and provides them with cake and tea. Gives Helen a warm bed to die in and demonstrates the inner strength that Jane wants to posses as an adult.
Jane’s uncle. Made his fortune in wine in Madeira. Intended to adopt Jane but was told she was dead by Mrs. Reed. Left his vast fortune of 20,000 pounds to Jane, even though they never met.
Jane’s other uncle. Took Jane in after her parents died because he loved his sister (Jane’s mom) and intended to raise her with love and kindness. Made Mrs. Reed promise that she would raise Jane as one of her own as he was dying. Mrs. Reed broke the promise. Jane constantly feels his presence while at Gateshead