Mental Processing


The Janebot is capable of complex mental processing, and employs intellectual analysis to deal with violent or emotionally explosive situation:

“Wicked and cruel boy!” I said. “You are like a murderer—you are like a slave-driver—you are like the Roman emperors!”

I had read Goldsmith’s History of Rome, and had formed my opinion of Nero, Caligula, &c. Also I had drawn parallels in silence, which I never thought thus to have declared aloud.

“What! what!” he cried. “Did she say that to me? Did you hear her, Eliza and Georgiana? Won’t I tell mama? but first—”

He ran headlong at me: I felt him grasp my hair and my shoulder: he had closed with a desperate thing. I really saw in him a tyrant, a murderer. I felt a drop or two of blood from my head trickle down my neck, and was sensible of somewhat pungent suffering: these sensations for the time predominated over fear, and I received him in frantic sort.

Notice that she begins by analyzing John Reed's bullying in historical and ethical terms. When he does resort to violence, the Janebot remains detached, and attempts to understand her own emotions, but is capable of defending herself.  This avoidance of emotion allows her to maintain a sense of equilibrium.


"Oh, sir!—never mind jewels! I don’t like to hear them spoken of. Jewels for Jane Eyre sounds unnatural and strange: I would rather not have them."

"I will myself put the diamond chain round your neck, and the circlet on your forehead,—which it will become: for nature, at least, has stamped her patent of nobility on this brow, Jane; and I will clasp the bracelets on these fine wrists, and load these fairy-like fingers with rings."

"No, no, sir! think of other subjects, and speak of other things, and in another strain. Don’t address me as if I were a beauty; I am your plain, Quakerish governess."

"You are a beauty in my eyes, and a beauty just after the desire of my heart,—delicate and aërial."

"Puny and insignificant, you mean. You are dreaming, sir,—or you are sneering. For God’s sake don’t be ironical!" 

This quote has signifact meaning in regards to Jane's self-perception. Rather than being showered with jewlery in aims to make her look radiant and magnificent, Jane would rather appear as she does naturally. This could be a result of two things: Jane respects her self too much too accept the assumptive title as a mistress, or jane has such low self-esteem that she will not allow herself to go forward with this due to thiughts of unworthiness. It is through her reestrictive, disciplined, and lonesome upbringing that may result in her feeling this way to such a rewarding opportunity. For Jane knows that this was not the true reason why she had been called to Thornfield.


"You have nothing to do with the master of Thornfield, further than to receive the salary he gives you for teaching his protégée, and to be grateful for such respectful and kind treatment as, if you do your duty, you have a right to expect at his hands. Be sure that is the only tie he seriously acknowledges between you and him: so don’t make him the object of your fine feelings, your raptures, agonies, and so forth. He is not of your order: keep to your caste; and be too self-respecting to lavish the love of the whole heart, soul, and strength, where such a gift is not wanted and would be despised." 

In this quote, Jane asses her realtions with her master. When Jane first meets Mr. Rochester, he is thrown off his horse and injures his ankle. It is here, that he calls upon Jane for help, leaning his head on her shoulder as she helps him get back to his horse. Later on back at the manor, Jane converses with Mr. Rochester, only to restate her purpose as the governess. It is in this conversation that Jane tries to define her relations to Rochester as an employee of the lowerclass. By restating her purpose as an employee Jane is able to detach from any type of emotion that may be apparent in an interaction, simply by reminding herself of her purpose without any emotion attached.


"If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should—so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again. […] I must dislike those who, whatever I do to please them, persist in disliking me; I must resist those who punish me unjustly. It is as natural as that I should love those who show me affection, or submit to punishment when I feel it is deserved." 

Jane is young at the time, speaking with her late childhood friend Helen. jane shares her thoughts about people who do not treat them kindly, while Helen states that we must "turn the cheek" to these people, in a sense. Jane's reply shares how she does not see things as Helen does, although very young and naive at the time. This is example of how the young Jane viewed evil. By factoring in aspects of the golden rule, "treat those how you ould like to be treated". Althouhg, young Jane does not feel that those who posess evil should be treated as the oppiste, given whatever the cirumstance. (This pice of information should be noted in regards to the JaneBot's memory processor).


Passive personality- “Accustomed to John Reed’s abuse, I never had an idea of replying to it; my care was how to endure the blow which would certainly follow the insult” (13,Eyre).

(ex.)John Reed to Jane

"You have no business to take our books; you are a dependent, mama says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not to live here with gentlemen’s children like us, and eat the same meals we do, and wear clothes at our mama’s expense. Now, I’ll teach you to rummage my bookshelves: for they ARE mine; all the house belongs to me, or will do in a few years. Go and stand by the door, out of the way of the mirror and the windows." (13,Eyre)

     Jane has always played her role as the servant. However, she has always been facing the right direction morally. Respect is of the utmost value to Jane. Throughout the story Jane is placed in uncomfortable positions making her feel as an outsider to the current famliy she is with. Throughout these relationships, Jane slowly peels layer by layer. Resulting in her becoming more comfortable in the household she is currently employed in. At Gateshead, she is introduced to Mr. Rochester through a series of unfortunate events (Mr. Rochester falling from his horse and injuring his ankle). Although a servant to Mr. Rochester, her relationship with him is nothing but respectable. Mr. Rochester knows he is a master to Jane, but he does not let the power take over him in the ways in which he treats his employees.

When Jane first arrives at Gateshead, Jane and Mr. Rochester engage in conversatons that lead Jane to the realization that Mr. Rochster acts, and treats his employees, as  human beings. Through this dynamic, Jane's does not have to defend her values and morals from her superior as she once has.  The power that Mr. Rochester posses does not sway Jane in an intended direction. In a sense, Jane is not subjected to defend her identity as a human being through Mr. Rochester. Their relationship as servant and master ignites in a respectable manner.