We pick up with Jane with bad news on Jane’s end: she’s been having bad dreams involving children, especially babies, that she believes to be bad omens. It is soon revealed that Jane’s life has indeed taken a turn for the worse in a sense: her cousin has committed suicide and her aunt has suffered a stroke and is nearing death by the minute. Jane returns to Gateshead to visit her aunt in her last days. On her deathbed, Mrs. Reed and Jane talk and Jane attempts to reconcile the differences between the two of them, stating that she forgave Mrs. Reed for all the grievances that Mrs. Reed gave her. Mrs. Reed however, refuses Jane’s apology, stating that although she seeks redemption, she cannot apologize fully to Jane because she strongly dislikes her. This brings up the continuing theme of redemption and forgiveness of sin. One day, Mrs. Reed gives Jane a letter from Jane’s father’s brother, her uncle John. The letter, written several years previously, and its contents reveals that Jane’s uncle wished to adopt her as his own but Mrs. Reed never responded out of malice. Jane once more tries to repair the relationship with her aunt, but Mrs. Reed refuses and at midnight, she kicks the bucket. Finally.
Jane stays at Gateshead for a month after her aunts death to stay with her cousins. While there, Jane receives a letter from Mrs. Fairfax telling Jane that the guests at Thornfield have left and Mr. Rodchester has also left to buy a new carriage. This is a sure sign that he intends to marry Blanche. On her way to the station to pick up Rodchester, she in fact runs into him. He asks her if she has heard the news about his purchase of a new carriage as she admits she has, trying to question Rodchester whether he plans on proposing to Blanche subtly. He reveals nothing. Weeks later, Rodchester invites Jane for a walk in the gardens. While walking, he confesses to Jane that he plans on marrying Blanche. He tells Jane of an open governess position he knows of in Ireland. Jane expresses distress and concern. Jane becomes distressed and in a flt of emotion, confesses her love for Rodchester. OH MY GAWD! Rodchester surprises Jane by asking her to be his wife. OH MY GAWD! Jane is ecstatic, and accepts the proposal immediately. Jane and Rodchester also kiss. Its scandalous. The next few months do not run smoothly for Jane. Mrs. Fairfax disapproves of the marriage. Because of this, Jane begins having negative premonitions about the future of the marriage. She begins being even more uncomfortable with the idea of the marriage after Rodchester states that he will be treating her like something out of a fairy-tale, stating that she will go from being plain to dripping with jewels and dressed in finery. Jane explains her discomfort with this, saying that she understood that she was plain and did not wish to be treated like someone of a higher status then she is. The theme of social class and its relation to appearance in the early 19th century. In those days, the way you dressed and the jewlery you owned was highly symbolic of your status in society. Jane’s reluctance to allow Rodchester to dress her in finery that the wealthy wear shows that she has been raised in a lower class family and is in the strict mindset that she should not deviate from the style of clothing that her class wears. In fact, the idea that one’s clothing is a indication of one’s wealth is a theme that is carried on to today, where designer labels are prevalent. Jane, in turn, writes to her wealthy uncle, hoping that becoming a part of her uncle’s life will bring her wealth and bring her closer to the level of Rodchester’s wealth, making the marriage less uncomfortable for her.
In the next chapter, it is revealed that Rodchester has gone away and Jane is alone at Thornfield with Adele and the servants. One night, Jane’s wedding dress arrives and Jane excitedly opens it. Rodchester returns home and he and Jane stroll around the orchard. That night, Jane once again has an ominous dream. In the dream, Jane had a crying child in her arms and she was chasing after Rodchester along a winding path. While Rodchester dismisses this dream, Jane explains that she had another dream that night in which the child fell off of her knee. Jane explains that the dream frightened her so that it awoke her and she heard strange rustling in the room. A savage looking woman appeared and tore the veil that was Rodchester’s wedding gift to Jane in two. Jane voices her concerns to Rodchester and he says that he will explain to Jane about the incident after they have been married for one year and one day.