Volume 3, Chapter 3 / 29

Synopsis of Volume 3, Chapter 3 / 29

The house (Moor House) is the home of St. John (pronounced ‘sinjun') Rivers, a clergyman, his sisters Diana and Mary, and their servant Hannah. Hannah tells Jane something about the history of the family. Jane tells them about her own life, but says little about the reason why she has left Thornfield. She tells them that her name is Jane Elliott.

Commentary on Volume 3, Chapter 3 / 29

Parish Chest, photo by Richard Croft, available through Creative Commons‘registers i' Morton church vestry' A vestry is a room in a church, used by the presiding clergyman to put on the vestments in which he will conduct the services. It is also used to store (often in a strong locked chest) the registers of births, deaths and marriages that have taken place among the parishioners.

like a Greek face … St John's eyes St John's classically handsome appearance is in sharp contrast with Rochester's irregular features. Rochester's unconventional looks are among the qualities that attract Jane. See Characterisation: St John Rivers.

the day of small things See Zechariah 4:10: St John hopes that Jane will be satisfied with the Rivers' modest and simple way of life.

Investigating Volume 3, Chapter 3 / 29
  • Re-read the passage ‘Mr St John … baked on top of the oven'
    • What impression emerges of St John's character?
    • How does it compare with the descriptions of Rochester's appearance? See Characterisation: Rochester and St John Rivers
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