"Jane Eyre"
by Charlotte Bronte

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     "Oh, he is not doing so well as his mama could wish. He went to college, and he got--plucked, I think they call it: and then his uncles wanted him to be a barrister, and study the law: but he is such a dissipated young man, they will never make much of him, I think."

     "What does he look like?"

     "He is very tall: some people call him a fine-looking young man; but he has such thick lips."

     "And Mrs. Reed?"


     "Missis looks stout and well enough in the face, but I think she's not quite easy in her mind: Mr. John's conduct does not please her--he spends a deal of money."

     "Did she send you here, Bessie?"

     "No, indeed: but I have long wanted to see you, and when I heard that there had been a letter from you, and that you were going to another part of the country, I thought I'd just set off, and get a look at you before you were quite out of my reach."

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