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emotions -- both joyful and sad By creating an emotional see-saw from the encounters between Jane and Rochester the novelist indicates that these intense emotions define true love Bronts emphasis on the importance of passion in a good relationship adheres to some of the doctrines of the Evangelical religion which dominated the Victorian age This branch of Protestantism stressed imagination intensity and emotion prompted by the necessity of emotional comprehension of ones own innate depravity and Christs redeeming sacrifice Evangelical Protestantism Under this influence emotions became a proper subject for the arts Emotionalist Moral Philosophy Janes initial reaction to the interest of a man indicates the level of passion and thus of true love she is experiencing When St John asks Jane to marry him she replies calmly and thinks But as his wife--at his side always and always restrained and always checked--forced to keep the fire of my nature continually low to compel it to burn inwardly and never utter a cry though the imprisoned flame consumed vital after vital--this would be unendurable 359 Clearly St John does not meet Bronts standards for true love since Janes passion would dwindle and die if she married him When Rochester first shows indications of affection to Jane the reaction is quite different Not only does Janes passion consume her but Rochester similarly intense emotion I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you their expression and smile did not again he stopped did not he proceeded hastily strike delight to my very inmost heart for nothingMy cherished preserver good night Strange energy was in his voice strange fire in his look 133 In this passage the reader can almost hear Rochester stumble over his words and gasp for breath as he tries to restrain his feelings for Jane The key element of the encounter however reveals itself in Janes overwhelmingly emotional response To intensify the significance of Janes reaction Bront
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