"Jane Eyre"
by Charlotte Bronte

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     "Shall I have the pleasure of seeing Miss Fairfax to-night?" I asked, when I had partaken of what she offered me.

     "What did you say, my dear? I am a little deaf," returned the good lady, approaching her ear to my mouth.

     I repeated the question more distinctly.

     "Miss Fairfax? Oh, you mean Miss Varens! Varens is the name of your future pupil."

     "Indeed! Then she is not your daughter?"

     "No,--I have no family."


     I should have followed up my first inquiry, by asking in what way Miss Varens was connected with her; but I recollected it was not polite to ask too many questions: besides, I was sure to hear in time.

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