If you were Jane Eyre, who would fit you as a husband? Mr. Rochester or St. John?

By Alexander Yan and Kelvin Xu

Alexander Yan
Created by Alexander Yan
On May 20, 2014

Does difference in age play a role? Do you have any preference between a man an age “from twenty-eight to thirty” (294) and thus of ten years difference or one who is “twenty years of difference” (225)?

How much does beauty play a role in your relationship? How greatly do you value the difference between a man with an “olive-face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features” (149) and a man with “a Greek face…quite a straight, classic nose, quite an Arthenian mouth and chin...brown lashes, high forehead, careless locks of fair hair” (294)?

Do you have a preference in personality? Do you prefer a man who is “reserved, abstracted and of a brooding nature” and “controlled his passion perfectly” or one who “paves hell with energy” (117).

Are you more likely to “[surrender] to temptation; [listen] to passion; [make] no painful effort” (306) or “[revel] in the flame and excitement of sacrifice” (344).

“You are formed for labour, not for love” (343). Does this accurately describe you?

Both St. John and Mrs. Fairfax relate marriage and social norms. Ms. Fairfax states, “equality of position and fortune is often advisable in such cases” (225) and St. John states “our union must be … sealed by marriage, or it cannot exist: practical obstacles oppose themselves to any other plan” (345). How much does the influence of society’s criticisms influence marriage?

Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.

Which poses a greater problem in your opinion? Feeling without judgement, or judgement without feeling?

Jane states: "It was God's will I should marry [St. John]." Do you believe that religion should influence the decision to marry?

You belong with Mr. Rochester

You belong with Mr. Rochester

You belong with St. John

You belong with St. John

Neither of the two suit you. You are independent for now

Neither of the two suit you. You are independent for now