"Jane Eyre"
by Charlotte Bronte

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     "Is it still 'Rasselas'?" I asked, coming behind her.

     "Yes," she said, "and I have just finished it."

     And in five minutes more she shut it up. I was glad of this. "Now," thought I, "I can perhaps get her to talk." I sat down by her on the floor.

     "What is your name besides Burns?"


     "Do you come a long way from here?"

     "I come from a place farther north, quite on the borders of Scotland."


     "Will you ever go back?"

     "I hope so; but nobody can be sure of the future."

     "You must wish to leave Lowood?"

     "No! why should I? I was sent to Lowood to get an education; and it would be of no use going away until I have attained that object."

     "But that teacher, Miss Scatcherd, is so cruel to you?"

     "Cruel? Not at all! She is severe: she dislikes my faults."

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