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Jane Eyre a movie set in Victorian England, tells of a young orphan girl and her life of woes following her parents death. She was sent away to Lowood Girl's School by her evil aunt, to be taught humility and learn how to serve others. Life at the home was harsh and punishment severe. Her friends another girl Helen Burns and Miss Dimple a young teacher made life bearable.

On graduation Jane was sent to be governess to a young girl Adele, daughter of Rochester the master at Thornfield manor. Although treated kindly and offered a beautiful room of her own, an air of mystery and intrigue surrounded Thornfield manor.

There were weird activities of Grace the upstairs maid, a near fatal stabbing of a house guest, eerie laughter and strange sounds from other parts of the house. When Jane fell in love with the master Rochester and he proposed marriage, she was warned by a troubled Mrs. Halifax that things were not really what they seem.

During her marriage ceremony, an attorney came accusing Rochester of being a married man. Leading the wedding guests to the upper rooms in the house, Rochester showed his wife Bertha, a mentally ill woman cared for by Grace the nurse. She had been responsible for all the strange fires and events at Thornfield.

Jane left Thornfield manor with Rochester running after her declaring his love. Bertha his demented wife in the meantime started a fire in Jane's room burning her wedding dress. The fire spread to other areas of the manor. Rochester in attempting to save Bertha's life fell in the flames as Bertha fell over the bannister and was killed.

Ill and with no where to go, Jane went to her friends the rector and his sister who nursed her back to health. While there she received an inheritance left by her dead uncle. Jane missed Rochester and at times thought she heard him calling her name.

She made a visit back to Thornfield manor and found him blind from the fall he had suffered during the fire. She married him and pledged to be with him forever. Later they brought Adele home from school in Paris. Jane helped Rochester and raised her as her very own child.

BBC
1 Season, 11 Episodes
October 9, 1983
Drama, Romance
8.3/10
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle
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  • On a walk across the moors, Jane meets the beautiful, wealthy Rosamond Oliver. She is clearly in love with St. John, and he with her. However, St. John's icy will presents an obstacle to marriage. He forces himself to subordinate his passions to his religious calling to serve as a missionary. By contrast, Diana and Mary declare it a crime to deny love. Soon, at a visit to Morton church, Jane pushes back memories of her failed wedding. She accepts an offer from St. John to become mistress of a new school for poor girls of the parish. Having decided to stay, Jane's memories come flooding back; after the wedding, Rochester passionately begged her to stay, claiming them to be true soulmates. Jane was unable to deny her equally overpowering love, but remained adamant she would leave. Next morning, she did just that. She crept out of Thornfield at dawn, and got on a coach across the country.

  • Jane wanders the moors, penniless and starving. Utterly exhausted, she lies down in a final act of surrender to the elements. But she is brought back from the brink by a faint light in the distance, growing closer. The lantern belongs to the clergyman St. John Rivers, who rescues Jane. Together with his sisters, Diana and Mary, St. John nurses her back to health. The family is poor, but intelligent and spirited. Jane forcefully represses all memories of Rochester's desperate attempts to make her stay, and resolves to begin a new life.

  • Two nights before the wedding, Jane has a nightmare and wakes with a start to a yet more terrifying vision of a strange woman in her bedroom. She wants to believe Rochester's explanation that it was part of her dream, but the results are scarily real - Jane's wedding veil has been ripped in two. The wedding day arrives, but as the pair stands at the altar they are interrupted by a lawyer, Briggs, and Richard Mason, who announce that Rochester is already married to Mason's sister Bertha. Rochester takes the wedding party up to the North Tower, introduces them to his wife, and relates his history. Rochester's father wanted to preserve his estate by marrying him off to a wife who would bring a rich dowry. He was sent to the Caribbean and tricked into marrying Berthab unaware of the insanity running through her family. Bertha quickly succumbed to madness, but Rochester didn't abandon her.

  • Jane receives a visit from Bessie, the maid at the Reed house. She brings bad tidings: Mrs. Reed is dying and asking for Jane. As Jane drives away, she sees Rochester and Blanche out riding together and worries what might happen in her absence. Jane returns to Gateshead Hall, the scene of her childhood misery. Mrs. Reed is on her deathbed, following her son John's excessive debauchery and subsequent death. Her cousins, Eliza and Georgiana, treat Jane with great condescension. Georgiana has become extremely vain, whilst Eliza claims she will wash her hands of Georgiana after her mother's funeral and spend the rest of her life in a convent. Mrs. Reed raves in her delirium about Jane Eyre being a nightmare child. But in a more lucid moment, her true feeling of guilt about Jane becomes far clearer. Three years earlier, Mrs. Reed received a letter from Jane's uncle, John Eyre.

  • Thornfield is a vast estate, forbidding at first with its endless corridors and different wings. But Jane soon settles in, after a warm welcome from the jolly housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax, and her new pupil, a young French girl called Ad?le Varens. She enjoys her lessons and begins to make some progress with her lively and wayward student. Still, Jane becomes restless - her aching desire for escape and travel still lingers. One day, whilst daydreaming of warmer countries on the terrace, Jane looks across the estate of Thornfield and sees a long red scarf floating out from a window of the North Tower. Mrs. Fairfax has little explanation. She suggests it was perhaps Grace Poole, who does the laundry and lives up there alone. One afternoon, while walking to Millcote to post a letter, Jane is almost run down by a rider galloping down the path towards her.

  • The whole school suffers an epidemic of typhus that kills a large proportion of the students. Brocklehurst is deposed, and conditions finally improve. Eight years later, Jane has worked her way up to a teaching position at Lowood. Finally, she decides it is time to leave. After advertising in the local newspaper, Jane gets the job of governess at Thornfield Hall.

  • Orphaned as a child, Jane Eyre is brought up in the cruel and loveless household of her aunt, Mrs. Reed, at Gateshead Hall. She is an outsider in the Reed family, rejected by her cousins Georgiana and Eliza, and tormented by their brother John. As a result, Jane develops an active imaginative life dreaming of foreign landscapes, artistic expression, and escape. One day, John Reed provokes Jane to fight back against his attacks - then blames the entire trouble on her, calling for Mrs. Reed's intervention. So follows a terrifying night locked in the Red Room, where Jane receives a spectral visitation from the corpse of her Uncle Reed. Soon, the austere clergyman, Mr Brocklehurst, who runs a charitable institution called Lowood School, visits Jane. Without a reconciliation of any kind with her aunt, and aged only ten, Jane is to be sent away.

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