When I asked Jane what her favorite passage she wrote was, she told me:
"I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
She told me that this was to show her self-care and respect for herself. She feels that these sentences show her courage and strength. She seems to think that her expereince being alone has made her stronger. She told me her independence is what made her successful. She is glad that she never made that many friends because it allows her to thrive on her own. She really beleives that being solitary has allowed her to become the best version of herself.
Now I'm sure some people truly feel that way, but I don't think Jane does. What that quote really tells me is that she hated being alone so much and was deeply insecure about it, so she decided to pretend that it was an identifying characteristic of her. Most of her biography was about finding love with an absolute sketchball. If she was truly independent she would've left the minute she heard about Bertha, but she craved love. Anybody who has seen or read "Into The Wild" knows that happiness is only real when shared. After meeting Jane I think I have identified the real problem here. She just isn't that likable.