"I saw a blackened ruin" (Jane Eyre returns to Thornfield)
H. S. Grieg
Source: Brontë, facing p. 251.
See Chapter 35 in the Victorian Web text of Jane Eyre. Summoned by an unearthly voice, Jane returns to Thornfield to find a "blackened ruin" instead of a "stately house." She realises that there is no need to hold back from disturbing anyone here: even the grounds are desolate. [Commentary continues below.]
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