After a year and a day
Posted by Lynn on September 30, 1997 at 13:34:06:
In response to Mistress/Wife, written by Cheryl on September 30, 1997 at 12:53:01
] There is a great difference in the way one treats a wife as opposed to a mistress. Even though Rochester loathed Bertha and the way he was tricked into the marriage, she was still his wife and he could not abandon her. It is much easier to abandon a mistress, as Rochester well knows...
I must agree. With a wife, there is much more at stake. He would have to do more than provide her with a place to live and expensive gifts. Even with Jane, it would have been easy for him to lapse into his old way of treating women. Jane wouldn't be Jane if she had stayed with him after knowing he was married. I think he was kind of blind not to see that she would leave him if she knew. Perhaps this is really why he didn't tell her.
If she had thought for 'a year and a day' that she was married, then found out she wasn't, would she have stayed with him then?
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