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  • CHAPTER I

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    There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.

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  • We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning;

  • but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.

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    I was glad of it:

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  • I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons:

  • dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse,

  • and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.

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    The said Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room:

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  • she lay reclined on a sofa by the fireside, and with her darlings about her (for the time neither quarrelling nor crying) looked perfectly happy.

  • Me, she had dispensed from joining the group; saying,

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    Mrs Reed

    “I regret to be under the necessity of keeping you at a distance;

  • but that until I hear from Bessie, and can discover by my own observation, that you are endeavouring in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition, a more attractive and sprightly manner

  • —something lighter, franker, more natural, as it is—I really must exclude you from privileges intended only for contented, happy, little children.”

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    Young Jane Eyre

    “What does Bessie say I have done?”

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    I asked.

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    Mrs Reed

    “Jane, I don’t like cavillers or questioners;

  • besides, there is something truly forbidding in a child taking up her elders in that manner.

  • Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak pleasantly, remain silent.”

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    A small breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room, I slipped in there.

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