The protagonist and narrator of the novel. She is an intelligent, honest, plain-featured young girl forced to contend with oppression, inequality, and hardship.
Jane’s cruel aunt, who raises her at Gateshead Hall until Jane is sent away to school at age ten.
Jane’s cousin and one of Mrs. Reed’s two daughters. Not as beautiful as her sister.
Jane’s cousin and one of Mrs. Reed’s two daughters. She is beautiful.
Jane’s cousin. Treats Jane with appalling cruelty during their childhood and later falls into a life of drinking and gambling.
The Reeds’ apothecary, who suggests that Jane be sent away to school.
The cruel, hypocritical master of the Lowood School, he preaches a doctrine of privation, while stealing from the school to support his luxurious lifestyle.
A kind teacher at Lowood, who treats Jane and Helen with respect and compassion.
Sour and vicious teacher at Lowood, she behaves with particular cruelty toward Helen.
Jane’s close friend at the Lowood School.
Jane’s employer and the master of Thornfield, he is a wealthy, passionate man with a dark secret that provides much of the novel’s suspense.
Jane’s pupil at Thornfield, she is a lively though somewhat spoiled child from France
She is the housekeeper at Thornfield Hall.
Bertha Mason’s keeper at Thornfield
Bertha’s brother. During a visit to Thornfield, he is injured by his mad sister.
A beautiful socialite who despises Jane and hopes to marry Rochester for his money.
St. John Rivers
Serves as Jane’s benefactor after she runs away from Thornfield, giving her food and shelter.
Jane’s cousin, the sister of St. John and Diana. Mary is a kind and intelligent young woman who is forced to work as a governess after her father loses his fortune.
Jane’s cousin, and the sister of St. John and Mary. She is a kind and intelligent person, and she urges Jane not to go to India with St. John.
She is the beautiful daughter of Mr. Oliver, Morton’s wealthiest inhabitant.
John Eyre’s attorney, he helps Richard Mason prevent Jane’s wedding to Rochester when he learns of the existence of Bertha Mason, Rochester’s wife.
The Rivers’ elderly housekeeper who initially denies Jane access to Moor House.
The maid at Thornfield Hall, who assists Grace Poole often.
Jane’s uncle, who leaves her his vast fortune of 20,000 pounds.