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Written by Nikki N
(8/20/2013 3:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Saying versus doing, penned by Jen K
Rochester was under no obligation whatsoever to take care of and provide for his ex-mistress's child by another man. Even if she had been his own illegitimate daughter, there was no legal obligation at that time (though of course there would then have been a moral obligation). He was generous to Adele -- much more so than Jane's Aunt Reed had ever been to her. I think Blanche resented Adele because of Rochester's generosity to the child -- Blanche intended to marry Rochester, and she resented him spending money on a child who was not hers. Perhaps Blanche's attitude towards Adele was similar to Mrs Reed's attitude towards Jane -- Mrs Reed resented her late husband's kindness to his niece.
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