The Moor House

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"...in the grey, small, antique structure, with its low roof, its latticed casements, its mouldering walls, its avenues of aged firs--all grown aslant under the stress of the mountain winds; its garden, dark with yew and holly--and where no flowers but of the hardiest species would bloom..."

The Moor House is a simple, but reliable home for the minimalist. The house is sturdy, and built to withstand harsh weather. This house is the perfect place for self-reflection and contemplation. Modest and simple, The Moor House is ideal for those who do not wish to live in luxury and have a close relationship with their family. Only the "hardiest species would bloom here," which speaks to the character of those who live here. Out in the wilderness, Jane is very exposed and struggles to survive. However, the Moor House becomes a safe haven for her to recharge and re-evaluate her decisions.

"I felt the consecration of its loneliness: my eye feasted on the outline of swell and sweep—on the wild colouring communicated to ridge and dell by moss, by heath-bell, by flower-sprinkled turf, by brilliant bracken, and mellow granite crag. These details were just to me what they were to them—so many pure and sweet sources of pleasure."

Jane's description of the Moor House is especially interesting, because although it seems bleak and lonely, she uses positive and beautiful imagery to describe it. "Consecration," is an unusual term to use when describing a home, because it has religious connotations. This could show that she views the Moor House as a sacred place, which would be fitting, since Jane does a lot of self-reflection while she is there and must make an important decision regarding her beliefs and values. Rugged and barren, the moors symbolize a type of emotional battle Jane goes through while she lives here, and the days she spends homeless and wandering could be paralleled to Jesus' temptation in the desert. The Moor House is lonely and remote, but it is also beautiful, and is surrounded by nature, which Jane would definitely approve of.  This loneliness brings Jane peace, after the very stressful whirlwind of emotions she experiences at Thornfield. Ultimately, Jane has to leave, because she realizes that by staying here, she would be suppressing her emotions and giving away her chances with love. Jane is able to learn more about who she is as an individual after being so reliant on Rochester, which helps her find herself and only makes for an even happier ending at Ferndean

St. John Rivers
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A review from past resident, St. John Rivers:

"The Moor House is my home. My family owned it for years and it was the perfect house for us. It's simple, but we do not require any extravagant or unneccessary luxuries. People do not need expensive and lavish homes. The Moor House is the perfect environment for me and my sisters to get closer to God and live faithful and holy lives."