“I expected she would show signs off great distress and shame, but to my surprise she neither wept nor blushed”
Helen Burns’ stoicism
“The water in the pitchers was frozen.”
The harsh conditions of Lowood School
“Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.”
Helen Burns teaches Jane how to be dutiful and stoical.
“they were splendidly attired in velvet, silk, and furs”
Mr Brocklehurst’s daughters reflect the hypocrisy of Mr Brocklehurst.
“The dread judge”
Mr Brocklehurst when he punishes Jane for dropping the slate
“By dying young I shall escape great suffering.”
Helen Burns views life’s hardships as something to be endured. She teaches Jane how to show strength in the face of adversity.
the disease that spreads through Lowood, reflecting the poor conditions of the school
“Miss Temple had always something of serenity in her air”
Miss Temple is a motive character to influence Jane and show her some kindness and hope in a rather bleak and desolate place.
“a truly useful and noble institution”
Lowood receives money from new benefactors and flourishes with Jane there as a teacher.
I will rise again. We get the impression that Jane has given Helen a proper grave and headstone.